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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Human Rights Commissioner Condemns Executions in Nigeria


BERLIN, 25 June 2013 / PRNewswire Africa / - Markus Löning, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, issued the following statement today (25 June):
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"I am appalled by the execution of four people in Nigeria. Only recently, the Government reaffirmed its willingness to maintain the de facto moratorium which has been in place since 2006. The executions are even more shocking as an appeal was still proceeding in all of the cases. Nigeria has thus violated the internationally recognized minimum standards on the death penalty.

There is an imminent risk that a further convicted person will be executed. I call on Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan to try and persuade the competent governor to rescind the execution order. Furthermore, I expect the Nigerian Federal Government to ensure that human rights obligations which it entered into at international level are adhered to within Nigeria.

I know that the prisoners executed had been found guilty of serious crimes, and I have sympathy with the families of their victims. Nevertheless, the death penalty is an inhumane and cruel punishment. The German Government is against capital punishment under any circumstances and is campaigning for its universal abolition. "

SOURCE : Federal Foreign Office, Federal Republic of Germany

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