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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 

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.

Torture in detention in Syria
Navi Pillay condemns the rampant use of torture in detention facilities across Syria by Government forces and some armed opposition groups, as OHCHR issues a paper containing detailed testimony from victims and witnesses.

UK / Violence against women
UN expert on violence against women Rashida Manjoo urges the UK to consider the best interests of all women and girls in addressing the specific needs of survivors of violence.

Argentina jail conditions
Argentina is obliged to ensure prisoners with disabilities can access prison facilities on an equal basis with other detainees, a UN committee says after considering a complaint by an inmate.

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