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Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, E/CN.4/2006/53, March 8, 2006

11. The very brief statistical details of the communications sent during the period under review indicate that 117 communications were sent to 55 countries and 3 other actors (including 57 urgent appeals and 60 letters of allegations) concerning a total of more than 800 individuals. A breakdown of the subjects of those appeals shows that they involved 373 males, 76 females, more than 350 persons of whose sex was unknown, 56 minors, 75 members of religious, ethnic or indigenous minorities, 29 human rights  defenders, 6 journalists, more than 200 persons exercising their right to freedom of opinion  and expression, 18 persons killed in the name of passion or of honour, 2 persons killed for  various discriminatory reasons, including their sexual orientation, and 9 migrants.

18. During the course of 2005, the Special Rapporteur undertook two visits: (a) Nigeria:

The Special Rapporteur visited from 27 June to 8 July 2005. His report (E/CN.4/2006/53/Add.4) identifies problems in the administration of the death penalty and the problems of policing. With respect to the death penalty, there are widespread procedural irregularities; an unacceptable average twenty-year stay on death row; and the imposition of death by stoning for adultery or sodomy in 12 States.

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