Joint open letter regarding resumption of executions in Pakistan

The ICJ and Human Rights Watch wrote an open letter to the government of Pakistan regarding its recently announced decision to resume executions.

Pakistan planned on carrying out its first civilian executions in five years by hanging two convicts between 20-22 August 2013.

The letter emphasizes that the death penalty violates the right to life and constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and urges the government to immediately halt all executions and adopt a moratorium on the death penalty; abolish the death penalty permanently in domestic law; and accede to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the abolition of the death penalty.


Sam Zarifi, ICJ Asia-Pacific Director, (Bangkok), t: +66 807819002; email: sam.zarifi(a)

Pakistan-ICJ and HRW -Open letter on the resumption of executions – advocay – 2013 (full text in pdf)

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