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Death Penalty and the Victims

By the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has just published Death Penalty and the Victims, which “includes perspectives from a broad range of victims. While some of them are family members of crime victims, others are victims of human rights violations in application of the death penalty, of its brutality and traumatic effects. . . . The perspectives of the victims on the death penalty as reflected in this book are likely to provoke tough discussions. This may be a welcome challenge. There is a strong and empirically proven correlation between the evidence based discussion on the death penalty and moving away from it”  (Death Penalty and the Victims, 2016). Texas After Violence Project founder Walter C. Long’s article, “The death penalty as a public health problem,” appears in the final chapter of this book.

On September 21st, 2016, the UN held an event in conjunction with this release. A recording of this event–which included speakers from around the world speaking about the effects of the death penalty–is available below.