EU DEMANDS PAKISTAN TO REINSTATE MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY
June 11, 2015: The European Union demanded the Pakistani government to reinstate moratorium on death penalty to fully respect all of its international obligations.
âPakistan's obligations under domestic and international law prohibit the death sentence for crimes committed by persons under eighteen years of age and require prompt and impartial investigation where there is reasonable ground to believe that torture has been committed,â EU spokesman said in a statement.
He said that effective implementation of the international conventions is a requirement under the European GSP+ regulation.
The statement came after the Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed the latest petition of Shafqat Hussain, a prisoner on death row.
Hussain had challenged a verdict of Islamabad High Court order rejecting his plea for age verification by a judicial forum instead of Federal Investigation Agency.
The death row prisoner is of the view that he was a juvenile when he murdered a seven-year-old boy in Karachi.
âAt least 150 people have been executed in Pakistan since December 2014, when the government lifted a moratorium on executions in place since 2008. This represents a major step backwards in Pakistan's record on human rights,â the EU spokesman said.
âThe EU is opposed to capital punishment in all cases and has consistently called for its universal abolition. We call on Pakistan to reinstitute the moratorium and to respectfully all of its international obligations,â he added. (Sources: Samaa, 11/06/2015)