Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, issued the following statement today (1 December) on the execution of five people in Afghanistan on 29 November:
I was concerned to hear the news that five people were executed in Afghanistan on 29 November. These are the first executions to be carried out in the country this year.The death penalty is an inhumane and cruel form of punishment. The German Government rejects the death penalty under all circumstances and will continue to work with its partners in the European Union to actively campaign for its worldwide abolition.Afghanistan is an important partner for us and one that we are cooperating with in many areas in a spirit of trust. A moratorium on the death penalty would be an important step towards improving the human rights situation and would help to overcome past conflicts, thereby bringing greater stability to the country. I wish therefore to call upon the Afghan Government to suspend further use of the death penalty.