UN ‘alarmed’ by Alabama’s use of nitrogen gas for execution

The United Nations Human Rights Office slammed Alabama‘s impending execution of an inmate by way of nitrogen gas next week and called on the state to halt the scheduled execution.

Kenneth Eugene Smith was convicted for a 1988 murder-for-hire killing of Elizabeth Sennett and is set to be executed by the state on Jan. 25. Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, warned going forward with the method “could amount to torture” in a lengthy statement released on Tuesday.

“We are alarmed by the imminent execution in the United States of America of Kenneth Eugene Smith, through the use of a novel and untested method — suffocation by nitrogen gas, which could amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment under international human rights law,” the spokeswoman said.

Shamdasani called on
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