HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
URGES AFGHANISTAN TO REINSTATE
MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY
|Geneva, 9 October 2007: High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour today expressed her dismay at the reported execution of 15 convicted prisoners on Sunday. |
"I am deeply troubled by this sudden resort to execution, after three years of refraining from carrying out the death penalty", she said. "As reported, the circumstances of the executions may constitute a breach of Afghanistan's obligations under international law."
High Commissioner Arbour called on the Afghan Government to reinstate a moratorium on the carrying out of any further executions.