Execution of Pakistan man condemned

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UN Human Rights Council, Geneva. UN File Photo/ Pierre Albouy

The execution of a man in Pakistan, who was reportedly 14 years old when he was convicted of murder, has been condemned by the UN.

Media reports say Shafqat Hussein was hanged at a prison in Karachi on Tuesday.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

Shafqat Hussein allegedly murdered a seven-year-old child in 2004.

His lawyers claimed that at the time he was just 14 years old and that his confession was extracted by torture.

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child said his execution was "regrettable" and in "flagrant contravention of Pakistan's national and international obligations."

Pakistan was one of the main supporters of the World Summit for Children in 1990, and was amongst the first states to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Committee urged the Pakistani authorities to reinstate the moratorium on the death penalty and conduct rigorous investigations into reported cases of children on death row.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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