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NCHR Seeks Complete Ban on Death Penalty in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has demanded a ban on capital punishment in the country.

The NCHR in its report said the death sentence in murder and other cases is contrary to the clause 6 (2) of the “International Convention on Civil and Political Rights” approved by the United Nations General Assembly.

The NCHR demands adequate resources should be provided to the commissions set up for protecting human rights to ensure their [commissions’] independence and self-reliance.

As per UN experts, in 2015 there were 8300 death row inmates. Out of these, some 400 were executed till now, it added.

In March 2015, Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases after restarting executions for terrorism offences in the wake of militants organizations attacks in the country.

The NCHR was formed under the National Commission for Human Rights Act, 2012, for the “protection and promotion of human rights” as provided for in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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