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The Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, 2 November 2017

In just the past few weeks, a renowned investigative journalist was murdered by a bomb that booby-trapped her car; another was dismembered in the course of researching her story; and a photojournalist was found dead after being forced to leave his home at gunpoint.

From 2006 to 2016, 930 journalists and media workers were killed. Thousands of others routinely face sexual harassment, intimidation, detention and ill treatment.

Rampant impunity then compounds the crimes. In nine out of ten cases, the perpetrators are never brought to justice.

When journalists are targeted, societies as a whole also pay the price. The kind of news that gets silenced – corruption, conflicts of interest, illegal trafficking — is exactly the kind of information the public needs to know. Continue reading

رسالة الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة بمناسبة اليوم العالمي لمناهضة عقوبة الإعدام، ١٠ تشرين الأول/أكتوبر ٢٠١٦

إن عقوبةَ الإعدام ممارسةٌ وحشيةٌ تفتقر إلى الإنسانية. ولا مكان لها في القرن الحادي والعشرين.

         ويركز اليوم العالمي لمناهضة عقوبة الإعدام في هذا العام على الجرائم المتصلة بالإرهاب. وعلى صعيد العالم، هناك 65 بلدا ما زالت تطبق عقوبة الإعدام في حالة جرائم الإرهاب. ولكي تكون تدابير مكافحة الإرهاب مشروعة وفعالة، شأنها في ذلك شأن جميع العمليات الأمنية، فإنها يجب أن ترتكز على احترام حقوق الإنسان وسيادة القانون. Continue reading


The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane practice. It has no place in the 21st century.

This year’s World Day Against the Death Penalty focuses on terrorism-related offenses. Around the world, 65 countries retain the death penalty for such crimes. To be legitimate and effective, counter-terror measures, like all security operations, must be anchored in respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Yet death sentences for terrorism are often handed down after unfair and speedy trials by military or special courts. Confessions are often obtained under duress or in other ways in which the right to appeal is not respected.  Some States even seek to criminalize the legitimate exercise of fundamental freedoms by including vague definitions in counter-terrorism legislation. Continue reading