UN rights office criticises Vietnam over death penalty

GENEVA (AFP) – The United Nation’s human rights office on Friday voiced concern over Vietnam resuming executions after a two-year hiatus in the use of capital punishment, warning that dozens more were poised to die.

“We are dismayed by the resumption of the death penalty by Vietnam,” the office’s spokesman Cecile Pouilly told reporters.

Vietnam executed its first prisoner – a 27-year-old murderer – by lethal injection on Tuesday, its state media said.

The communist country had put capital punishment on ice almost two years ago due to problems procuring the chemicals for lethal injections. (Agence France-Presse)

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