Sep. 5 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights of the UN has condemned this Monday the execution of five prisoners accused of espionage in the Gaza Strip, under the control of Hamas, and has asked the authorities for a moratorium on executions.
“We ask the State of Palestine to take strong measures to abolish the death penalty throughout its territory,” said a spokeswoman for the Office, Ravina Shamdasani, in an official statement.
Two of the inmates were executed for collaborating with the Israeli occupation, while the other three have been charged with premeditated murder, according to Hamas authorities.
The five men were executed early Sunday morning, “in flagrant violation of the State of Palestine’s own internal legislation and its obligations under international law,” according to Shamdasani, who considers that these processes “do not comply with international standards on fair trials.”