Postponement of moratorium on capital punishment lauded

October 9, 2014 Off By Web Desk

Lahore: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday welcomed the postponement of the moratorium on capital punishment by the government and called for a thorough review of the death penalty regime in the country.

In a statement on the eve of a demonstration held on Oct 10, 2014 with regard to the World Day against the Death Penalty at Liberty Chowk, Lahore, Commission representatives said: “HRCP welcomes the government’s commitment that it would persist with the moratorium on death penalty. This brings some respite for thousands of death row inmates, especially those whose execution was imminent, and their families.”

It is encouraging that the government did not succumb so far to the pressure and acted not only in national interest but also did well by the norms of justice. HRCP is happy to note that the government has cited the country’s international commitments, which cannot possibly exclude human rights, as the ground for the decision.

“Although it is a good first step, the decision will have meaning only if we have a complete review of the death penalty regime in Pakistan,” HRCP representatives said

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