Pakistan and Jordan urged not to resume executions

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Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Pakistan and Jordan have been urged by the UN human rights chief to re-impose a moratorium on the death penalty.

Jordan imposed the moratorium in 2006 and Pakistan did the same thing in 2008.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed deep regret at the recent lifting of the moratorium on the death penalty in the two countries.

Mr Al Hussein stressed that no judiciary, anywhere, can be infallible and that "no justice system, no matter how robust, can guarantee against wrongful convictions."

He said that historically, crime rate is not lowered by the imposition of capital punishment but there have been executions of people who are subsequently proven innocent, including in well-functioning legal systems.

Mr. Al Hussein said it "is particularly disappointing" that Pakistan and Jordan have resumed executions given that just last week, a record of 117 States in the UN General Assembly voted in favour of an international moratorium on the use of the death penalty.

He noted that globally, around 160 States have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it and the number has been steadily growing in recent years.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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