UN alarmed by Hamas move to hold executions in Gaza

Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that public executions are prohibited under international human rights law and that any such killings in the Gaza Strip would be carried out without the approval of Palestinian President Mahmud AbbasThe UN envoy for the Middle East expressed alarmed on Wednesday after Hamas authorities in the Gaza strip moved to hold public executions, and urged them to change course. Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that public executions are prohibited under international human rights law and that any such killings in the Gaza Strip would be carried out without the approval of Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, which is required under Palestinian law. “I urge Hamas not to carry out these executions and call on President Abbas to establish a moratorium on the implementation of the death penalty,” Mladenov told the council by video-conference.

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