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Statements Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Alabama execution

26 January 2024

Delivered by

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk



I deeply regret the execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith in Alabama despite serious concerns this novel and untested method of suffocation by nitrogen gas may amount to torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

The death penalty is inconsistent with the fundamental right to life. I urge all States to put in place a moratorium on its use, as a step towards universal abolition.

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