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To protect life- the principle of law enforcement

To protect life- the principle of law enforcement

Law enforcement officials should conform to international human rights standards while using force, says Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on summary executions.
Global security at stake:  Transparency and accountability are crucial in drone warfare

Global security at stake: Transparency and accountability are crucial in drone warfare

In their reports to the General Assembly, two UN independent experts have focused on the use of armed drones and warn about their potential illegal use.
"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row

"Hidden" victims: the children of parents on death row

The Human Rights Council, at its latest meeting in Geneva, has brought to the fore the human rights of children whose parents are on death row, urging States to provide appropriate protection and assistance.
A call for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots

A call for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots

UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns calls for a moratorium on the development and use of lethal autonomous robots.
Despite progress in abolishing the death penalty, thousands remain on death row

Despite progress in abolishing the death penalty, thousands remain on death row

As the number of States with the death penalty on their statute books falls, still thousands of prisoners remain on death row. The UN Human Rights Office supports the United Nations in its campaign to end executions globally.
Protecting the lives of journalists

Protecting the lives of journalists

“The most extreme form of censorship is to kill a journalist,” Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns said in his latest report to the United Nations Human Rights Council on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the 20th Session in Geneva.
States must comply with regulations when using force during protests – UN Expert

States must comply with regulations when using force during protests – UN Expert

States should comply with international human rights standards in order to protect lives during demonstrations, says the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.