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Human Rights Commissioner appalled by execution in Pakistan

16.11.2012

Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Markus Löning issued the following statement today (16 November) on the first execution in Pakistan for four years:

I am appalled that a human being was executed in Pakistan yesterday. There was a moratorium on the death penalty in Pakistan for four years.
I call on the Pakistan Government to reinstate the moratorium, thus preventing further executions. Furthermore, I urge Pakistan to remove the death penalty from its penal code once and for all. The death penalty is an anachronism in the 21st century!
We are adamantly opposed to the death penalty and will continue to campaign with our European partners for its worldwide abolition.

A soldier sentenced to death by a military tribunal in 2009 for killing his superior was hanged yesterday (15 November) in a prison in the Punjabi city of Mianwali.

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