Intellectual Disability

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Intellectual Disability

A number of international human rights bodies have recognized that intellectually disabled individuals should not be subjected to the death penalty. In 1989, the UN Economic and Social Council passed a resolution recommending Member States to take steps to “eliminat[e] the death penalty for persons suffering from mental retardation or extremely limited mental competence, whether at the stage of sentence or execution.” The UN Commission on Human Rights has also adopted several resolutions urging all states not to execute any person “suffering from any form of mental disorder. »

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