UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges Pakistan to end executions

Ban Ki-moon urged the Government of Pakistan to stop the executions of convicts and reimpose the moratorium on the death penalty.

By: Press Trust of India | United Nations | Updated: December 27, 2014 11:14 am
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations, Pakistan, Ban Ki-moon urged the Government of Pakistan to stop the executions of convicts and reimpose the moratorium on the death penalty. (Source: IE Archive)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Pakistan government to bring an end to the executions of convicts and reimpose a moratorium on the death penalty.

Ban’s appeal follows Pakistan’s recent decision to lift a six-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty following this month’s terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar which claimed the lives of 150 people, mostly children.

Ban spoke over the phone with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 25 and reiterated his condolences to the people, government and communities affected by the school attack, according to a readout of the call provided by Ban’s spokesperson here on Friday.

“While fully recognising the difficult circumstances, the Secretary-General urged the Government of Pakistan to stop the executions of convicts and reimpose the moratorium on the death penalty,” the readout said.

The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister “noted the importance of democracy, rule of law as well as the need for an independent judiciary and the respect for the sentiments of the people of Pakistan,” it said adding that Ban welcomed the Sharif’s assurance that all legal norms would be respected.

Earlier this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein had also condemned Pakistan’s decision, particularly at a time when the international community is increasingly turning away from the use of the death penalty.

Zeid warned that “no judiciary, anywhere, can be infallible” and stressed that “no justice system, no matter how robust, can guarantee against wrongful convictions”.

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    akim
    Dec 27, 2014 at 10:11 am
    hay ban moron are they your own people and you want to safe them ...
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      Indian In
      Dec 27, 2014 at 8:43 am
      Can he dare to say same thing for the Arab Countries or other terrorists group
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        Latif
        Dec 27, 2014 at 6:51 am
        Pls shut up. The ppl of stan want these vile terrorists to be finished. Stay out of our business.
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          Mansoor
          Dec 28, 2014 at 7:48 pm
          Shut-up Mr moon...
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            indian
            Dec 27, 2014 at 7:56 am
            He should be renamed as Ban this moron.
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