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Navi Pillay’s condemnation of the executions must have aroused a bit of confusion within the “chummy to the UN” Hamas, (it has members employed in its ranks), since the UN’s own guy, Richard Goldstone said he trusted in the Hamas justice system. Go figure. Perhaps they should understand that Pillay isn’t really worried about the Hamas verdicts per say, as much as she’s worried about not looking like she’s worried about Hamas’ human rights violations. KGS

Mideast: UN condemns Hamas executions

Gaza City, 16 April (AKI) – The United Nations human rights chief has condemned a decision by the Islamist group Hamas to resume executions. In a statement on Friday, Navi Pillay also expressed concern at reports that Hamas planned to execute other prisoners and called for the abolition of the death penalty.
On Thursday, Hamas executed by firing squad two Palestinian men convicted of “crimes” which included collaborating with Israel.
They were the first executions in Gaza since Hamas took over the territory in 2007.
“I am deeply concerned by the executions, and the possibility that some others might be carried out soon,” UN High Commissioner Pillay said.
She said that it was “extremely disappointing” that Hamas had resumed use of the death penalty, despite the fact that no officially sanctioned death sentences have been carried out in the area since 2000.
“I call on Hamas to reconsider its position and exhibit respect for the international community’s firm rejection of the death penalty, to abolish its use in Gaza, and to fully uphold and promote the right to life,” said Pillay.
She was referring to a widely supported 2007 UN General Assembly resolution that calls for a worldwide moratorium on executions.
The UN office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights has been told that Hamas officials contacted the families of a number of individuals sentenced to death, saying that they could make their last visit to their sons.
“One absolute restriction is that the death penalty can only be imposed after observing fair trial guarantees in duly constituted courts, which is practically impossible in current circumstances in Gaza,” said Pillay.
“For that reason, I urge Hamas to halt all further planned executions.”

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