Friday, April 13, 2018

Pakistan's 2017 executions

Amnesty International's global report on Death Sentences and Executions for 2017 has the following to say about Pakistan:
At least 60 executions were carried out in Pakistan in 2017, down from 326 and 87+ in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Forty-three of the executions involved prisoners convicted by military courts established in January 2015 to try civilians suspected of terrorism-related offences. The Parliament extended the original two-year tenure of these courts on 22 March, when it approved a new constitutional amendment. Proceedings under these military courts did not meet international fair trial standards. Among other concerns, they were run by military officers subordinate to the military chain of command − and who had no formal legal training − in breach of the UN Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary. The charges against the defendants were not made public and those convicted did not have the right to appeal to civilian courts. [p. 24, footnotes omitted.]

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