UN office criticises Chad for execution of 10

2015-09-01 14:00


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Geneva - The United Nations' main human rights office is criticising Chad's execution of 10 Boko Haram members by firing squad.

Cecile Pouilly of the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Tuesday on the African country's government to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty, which was restored in a counter terrorism law passed in July.

Pouilly said OHCHR officials were not granted access to Friday's trial, which was relocated for security reasons and reduced from eight to two days. She said it wasn't clear if the defendants had access to lawyers.

The 10 men were executed on Saturday for crimes including murder and the use of explosives following suicide attacks in the capital, N'Djamena, in June and July that killed dozens of people.

Read more on:    un  |  boko haram  |  chad  |  west africa

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