Executions in Pakistan: Pakistan Ambassador summoned to meeting at the Federal Foreign Office

20.03.2015 - Press release

On 20 March, a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson issued the following statement in Berlin on the latest executions carried out in Pakistan:

Today Pakistan’s Ambassador was summoned to the Federal Foreign Office in order to convey to him the German Government’s is deep concern about the latest executions carried out in Pakistan. The death penalty is an inhuman and cruel form of punishment. The German Government will continue to work with its partners in the European Union to actively push for the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

Background information:

Last week Pakistan fully lifted the moratorium on carrying out capital punishment. In response to the massacre committed at a school in Peshawar, Pakistan had suspended the moratorium on the execution of terrorists sentenced to death in December of last year. Since then 54 prisoners on death row have been executed, almost 30 of them in the past three days alone.

Michael Koch, the Special Representative of the Federal Government for Afghanistan and Pakistan, today summoned the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr Syed Hasan Javed, to the Federal Foreign Office.

Immediately after the suspension of the moratorium Christoph Strässer, the Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, who was visiting Pakistan at the time, expressed the German Government’s position on the matter.

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