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Rights group denounces death sentence issued by a Gaza court.

GAZA, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (WAFA) -- Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights denounced today a death sentence issued yesterday by a Gaza court against a 69-year-old resident of northern Gaza convicted on charges of premeditated murder.

It said this is the second death sentence issued in Gaza this year and the 16 th since the accession of the State of Palestine to the Protocol on the abolition of the death penalty when President Mahmoud Abbas signed on June 7, 2018 the papers to accede to the second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights of 1989 on abolition of the death penalty.

Al-Mezan condemned issuing death sentences in the Gaza Strip, particularly since Palestine has joined the Protocol on the abolition of the death penalty, stressing the need to find other, more effective penalties to stop serious crimes since the death penalty has proved ineffective in reducing crimes.

It called for putting an end to issuing death sentences and to cancel it in total.

M.K.

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