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The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed regret over the executions of Aum Shinrikyo founder Shoko Asahara and six other former members of the cult, calling for a national debate on the death penalty.

“We regret that seven people were today executed in Japan,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the U.N. human rights agency, said in a written statement, while extending its sympathy to the victims of crimes committed by Aum, including the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway system.

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