'European Aid for Executions'

'European Aid for Executions'

Series Name Scarman Lecture Series
Speaker Maya Foa
Type Lectures & Talks
When 11 Nov 2015, 05:15PM - 07:15PM
Venue Frank & Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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It is illegal under international law to impose the death penalty for drug offences. UN experts have described the death penalty for drug offences as “incompatible with fundamental tenets of human rights.” The death penalty is completely prohibited in European Union countries.

The last 12 months have seen a global resurgence in the use of the death penalty for drug offences with a number of states executing people for drug-related offences at a significantly increased rate; seeking to re-introduce the death penalty for drug offences; or ending long-standing death penalty moratoria. The NGO Iran Human Rights has published figures showing that Iran has hanged more that 500 people for drug-related charges in 2015 up to October 2015 – exceeding last year’s total of 367. The 500 make up the majority of the 800 people that IHR believes Iran has executed this year in total.

Despite the rising rate of executions, the EU continues to fund counter-narcotics programs via UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which oversees anti-drug operations in countries which apply the death penalty for drug offences, such as Iran and Pakistan. Maya, the Director of Reprieve’s Death Penalty Team will discuss Reprieve’s Stop Aid for Execution campaign which aims to expose the lethal failings of European counter-narcotics strategies, challenge the policies and attitudes which underpin them, and ultimately end European and international support for the use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide.

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