Ban Ki Moon calls Nawaz Sharif to restore death penalty ban
Saturday Dec 27, 2014
NEW YORK: United Nation’s (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the Pakistan government to bring an end to the executions of convicts and restore a moratorium on the death penalty.
Ban spoke over the phone with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on December 25 and reiterated his condolences to the people, government and communities affected by the school attack, according to a read out of the call provided by Ban’s spokesperson here on Friday.
Ban’s appeal follows Pakistan’s recent decision to lift a six-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty following this month’s terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar which claimed the lives of 150 people, mostly children.
The Secretary-General and the Prime Minister “noted the importance of democracy, rule of law as well as the need for an independent judiciary and the respect for the sentiments of the people of Pakistan,” it said adding that Ban welcomed the Sharif’s assurance that all legal norms would be respected.
Earlier this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein had also condemned Pakistan’s decision, particularly at a time when the international community is increasingly turning away from the use of the death penalty.