By Kristen E. McCannon
Pakistan lifted the moratorium on the death penalty on March 19. Pakistan emphasized that capital punishment does not violate international law. The European Union previously issued a statement expressing concern that the death penalty in the Pakistani criminal justice system does not conform to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). However, a spokeswoman for the Pakistani Foreign Office rebutted the claims of the European Union, arguing that the death penalty does conform to the ICCPR.