Today’s executions by the Hamas authorities in Gaza represent a bitter blow for human rights. The death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Its use is deplorable in any circumstances but the fact that these three civilian men were condemned to death after being convicted in unfair proceedings in military courts makes their executions all the more outrageous. No one should be deprived of the right to life no matter what crime they are accused of. Hamas must halt all executions immediately, abolish the death penalty and stop trying civilians in military courts.