UN urges Iraq to halt executions seen breaching international law

October 11, 2013 14:25

GENEVA - The United Nations called on Iraq on Friday to halt all executions after 42 people were hanged this week in what it said were most probably illegal mass executions ordered by Baghdad's "seriously flawed" justice system.

They were executed for mass killings and other offenses on Wednesday and Thursday - which was World Day against the Death Penalty.

The world body called on Iraq to stop the executions and commute the sentences of the hundreds of other people believed to be on death row.

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