The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has welcomed the extension of a moratorium on capital punishment by the federal government and has called for a review of the death penalty regime in the country.
HRCP representatives and supporters held a demonstration at Liberty Chowk on Friday to record their stance and observe the World Day against Death Penalty.
The participants held banners and placards and chanted slogans in this regard.
They said in a statement that the HRCP welcomed the federal government’s decision to persist with the moratorium.
They said this brought some respite for thousands of death-row inmates and their families.
It was encouraging that the government did not succumb to pressure and acted not only in national interest but also did well by the norms of justice, they said. “HRCP is particularly happy to note that the government has cited the country’s international commitments, which cannot possibly exclude human rights, as the ground for the decision.”
Published in The Express Tribune, October 11th, 2014.
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