U.S. broke international law by executing Mexican national, says U.N.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that…

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Friday that the United States breached international law by executing a Mexican national.

Navi Pillay, in a statement, said she deeply regrets the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia, after a 5-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court denied him a stay of execution Thursday night.

“The execution of Mr. Leal Garcia places the U.S. in breach of international law,” said Pillay, who is on an official mission in Mexico. “What the state of Texas has done in this case is imputable in law to the U.S. and engages the United States’ international responsibility.”

Pillay said Leal was not granted consular access, which — as a foreign national — was his right under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

The denial of access raises concerns about whether Leal got a fair trial, Pillay said.
Leal was convicted of raping and killing a 16-year-old girl and was executed Thursday evening by lethal injection in Texas.

The case’s flurry of legal appeals and pleas for clemency were prompted by an international dispute over the rights of foreign-born Americans facing the death penalty.

Source: CNN

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    This is the only way to serve justice. Right on Texas!

  • Todd D

    The UN needs to worry about some other country and not ours. Texas has it right.

  • Phil

    What about the laws that that scum bag violated when he raped / killed a 16 year old? Bravo to TX for killing him, although he died way to quick and humanely for my tastes. Wonder how much rights an American would get if they went to Mexico and raped and killed a 16 year old Mexican girl??

  • Ronin

    I’m from Texas ,and we have one law that’s worked for quite awhile. If you come to Texas and kill someone, then we will kill you. And if your anti-deth penalty and you don’t like it ,LEAVE!!!

  • D. Quinn

    Yet another in a very very long line of reasons to tell the UN to go screw themselves. Stop all funding, kick them out of New York City and pull all United States paticipation in the worthless posturing they waste their time doing !!!! Where are they when an innocent journalist gets his head cut off. Where are they when young women are stoned or have their bodies mutilated by their own people ?!!!! A complete waste of time and money THE UNITED NATIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Neil

    The only law there is and should be is from our Constitution. F*** the UN

  • Eric

    If the Dems has a Majority, you can bet the UN wouldn’t make such as statement…

  • MoutainMan83

    In my honest opinion. Lethal Injection was a weak for of punishment. In my AMERICAN opinion he should have got the same treatment his victim got and nothing less of that. That’s whats wrong with society today weak and gutless. We let politicians decide things for us not us deciding last time I checked it was “We the People” not we the politicians. Plus the government makes the laws and regulations and we the people and state see fit that the laws, regulations , and most of JUSTICE is served.

  • Marcus

    Don’t Mess with the TEXAS!

  • Chris C

    I agree with Charles. Thank the Good Lord this vicious crime didn’t happen in California. Many a state budget crisis would be averted by actually applying the death penalty to people like this rather than keeping them alive for years and years at 50K+ a year. I would gladly pick up the electric bill if they cranked up ol’ Sparky and put it back in service. God Bless Texas!

  • JP

    The UN is useless and as a Californian, I say good job Texas.
    What’s the ol’saying “Don’t mess with Texas” Keep it up!

  • Charles C

    Oh, but all these middle eastern leaders can stone to death, torture, hack off limbs, burn to death anyone they wish and UN turns their heads. UN has proved it has no courage and no backing and is effectively neutered. Let me remind you this guy hasn’t been in Mexico since he was 2 years old. He raped and brutally stoned to death a 16 year old girl and impaled her sexual organs with a 18″ stick with screws at the end. Way to go Texas.

  • Devildog78

    If you’re in this country and you do something like that than you deserve to die in it. Those wusses at the UN need to stay out of it. They can barely do there job for the UN leave Texas to what we do best executing people.