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About 140 of the 193 States Members of the UN have abolished the death penalty or introduced a moratorium either legally, or in practice.
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WORKING TOWARDS A WORLD WITHOUT THE DEATH PENALTY

In 2010 and 2011, many UN Member States took concrete steps to abolish the death penalty, says a senior official with the UN Human Rights Office. However, only 73 States have so far ratified the only international treaty aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.
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Group of children in a small town of South Sudan © EPA/Stuart Price

Seeking justice for children during and after armed conflict

A UN publication examines how children can seek justice for violations suffered during armed conflict and explores the responsibility of children who have committed criminal acts while associated with an armed group.
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Journalists scrambling for information in Mexico City, Mexico, 10 February 2011 © EPA/Mario Guzmán

Journalism - one of the world’s most dangerous professions

Human rights chief Navi Pillay says States have an obligation to end impunity for attacks against journalists.
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Human Rights in the news 

Own lives, own decisions
People with disabilities have the same rights as everyone to make decisions about their lives, a UN committee stresses in new guidelines on implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Côte d’Ivoire / A call for consultations
UN expert Doudou Diène calls for broad consultations on the reform of the Independent Electoral Commission in Cote d’Ivoire “to prevent the country from falling back into crisis.”

“Protect South Sudan’s IDPs”
“Protection of South Sudan’s one million internally displaced is eroding amid persistent violence and deliberate ethnically targeted attacks,” UN expert Chaloka Beyani warns.

Ukraine report
Misinformation, propaganda and incitement to hatred need to be urgently countered in Ukraine to avoid further escalation of tension, a report from the UN Human Rights Office says.

Minority rights in Ukraine
UN Special Rapporteur Rita Izsák calls for stronger minority rights guarantees to defuse tensions in Ukraine and urges all parties to find a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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