July 7, 2011

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

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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.

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