World Court Fights U.S. Executions
Posted on Jul 16, 2008
The International Court of Justice on Friday requested the U.S. not execute five death-row inmates in a decision that will put both the U.S.‘s controversial capital punishment policy and its historic rejection of international legal bodies in the global spotlight.
The death row inmates are Mexican nationals who were forbidden assistance by their consulate after they were arrested.
The US has been advised not to execute five Mexican nationals on death row by the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
The ICJ—the UN’s highest court—had previously ruled that the men had been denied the right to help from their consulate after their arrests.
Mexico says the US has not reviewed the cases—as advised by the ICJ.
The court told the US it should not execute the men before it made its final judgement.
The ICJ has been repeatedly dismissed by neoconservatives in the Bush administration who complain that any global legal regime trespasses on U.S. autonomy.