EU urges moratorium on death penalty in Afghanistan
KABUL (Pajhwok): The European Union (EU) special representative for Afghanistan and ambassadors of some other European countries on Tuesday urged the Afghan government to place a moratorium on the death penalty in the country.
EU special representative for Afghanistan Franz-Michael Mellbin and ambassadors of France and Spain made the call at a meeting with law students of some Kabul universities.
He said apart from European nations many other countries had banned executions in their countries.
He added capital punishments were rampant in some countries, including Afghanistan, but the EU was of the opinion that it was inhumane and against human rights.
“It is argued that executions prevent or decline crimes, but those who closely follow these punishments believe it does not change criminal behaviours,” he added.
The EU ambassador said in countries like Afghanistan with weak judicial systems were prone to mistakes as capital punishment could not be compensated. “Afghanistan has seen lots of violence and it shouldn’t be repeated again. It’s important that the Afghan government reduce violence by banning capital punishment.”
French Ambassador to Kabul Jean-Michel Marlaud said banning capital punishment would not have a negative impact. He said in France also people initially opposed the ban but eventually approved it.
“We think it’s difficult that it would be banned immediately in Afghanistan. But it is possible to be implemented step by step.”
He was of the opinion that the ban should take place along with reforms in the judicial system of Afghanistan.
Emilio Pérez de Ágreda, Ambassador of Spain to Kabul, said life was the most important to human beings and it should be revered.
He said because mistakes were plausible in judgments and because life was irreversible, capital punishment should be banned.
Of 194 countries, he said, 102 countries had banned executions, urging Afghanistan also to join in.
There was no reaction from the Afghan government to the call. There are also no official figures for the number of people executed by Afghan government over the past one and a half decade.
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