Three executed ahead of United Nations General Assembly resolution
Amnesty International condemns and regrets the recent execution of three men in Japan, just two months before a resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions is to be introduced to the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Three men, Iwamoto Yoshio, Sewawa Kousou and Takezawa Hifumi, were hanged on 23 August while the Japanese Diet was in recess. Former Minister of Justice Nagase Jinen oversaw the execution of 10 prisoners in 10 months from the period October 2006 to August 2007. His predecessor Sugiura Seikan did not authorize any executions during his year-long term as Minister of Justice between October 2005 and October 2006 because of personal beliefs.