posted on Jan, 2 2007 @ 09:17 PM
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made a strong comment on capital punishment, saying that each country has the right to decide on it's own laws.
On his first day on the job he has completely contradicted the stance of the UN, on the issue. The UN officially opposes the death penalty.
On his first day in the job, new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appeared to ignore the United Nation's opposition to the death penalty by saying
capital punishment should be a decision made by individual countries. Ban made the comments Tuesday in response to a reporter's question about the
execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein over the weekend.
"Saddam Hussein was responsible for committing heinous crimes and unspeakable atrocities against Iraqi people, and we should never forget victims of
his crime," Ban said. "The issue of capital punishment is for each and every member state to decide."
However, the UN officially opposes capital punishment. The top UN envoy in Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, restated the position again on Saturday after the former
Iraqi dictator was hanged.
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Now this is nothing earth shattering, the stance of the UN on the issue appears to remain strong. Yet I find it hard to believe that, on the first
day on the job, Ban Ki-moon could actually come out and make such a bold statement that goes against the official stance of the organization that he
Capital punishment has always been a sticky subject, and probably will be for a very long time. In the wake of the Hussein execution, it appears it
is becoming a bit of a hot topic. Hussein is a bit of an extremity when it comes to the topic, as he was guilty of severe crimes against humanity.
If one can oppose the death sentence for Hussein, they could oppose it in any situation.
What are your thoughts on the comments made by Ki-Moon?
Should he of checked his opinions at the door?