To mark World Human Rights Day 2o14, an event “Justice that Kills- the death penalty in the 21st century” was organised by the EU Delegation and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in Geneva on 9th October.
Dr Mai Sato, a criminologist previously with the Centre for Criminology at Oxford University, participated at the event on behalf of the DPP, and presented the findings of our report “The Death Penalty in Malaysia“ (2013). Dr Sato assisted us in the preparation of the report and made a considerable contribution to the analysis and presentation of the findings of the public opinion survey. Dr Sato also presented the findings of the public opinion surveys she has conducted in Japan, which are published in our report, “The Death Penalty in Japan” (2013).
Other speakers included: Sir Nigel Rodley, Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee, Mr Gil Garcetti, former District Attorney of LA County. Mr Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights gave the keynote address.
The event was moderated by Prof. Andrea Bianchi, Head, International Law Department, Graduate Institute Geneva. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also joined the debate via a video message.
Watch the live recording of the event.
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