• The taking of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict on another, even when backed by legal process. Where the death penalty persists, conditions for those awaiting execution are often horrifying, leading to aggravated suffering.

    "Taking of Life Too Absolute, Irreversible, Says Secretary-General at High-Level Event on Death Penalty, Urging End to Capital Punishment". Ban Ki-moon’s remarks at a high-level event on the death penalty, in New York, July 3, 2012.
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