July 24, 2015

Pakistan: Accept Mercy Petition of Khizar Hayat (UA 164/15)




Khizar Hayat’s execution warrant was suspended on 25 July but he remains at imminent risk of execution. He was diagnosed with a mental disability in 2008 and has been on medication since then. International law clearly states that the death penalty should not be used against those with mental and intellectual disabilities.  
1) Please write immediately in English or your own language:
  • Urging the President of Pakistan to accept Khizar Hayat’s mercy petition, and re-establish the official moratorium on all executions in the country as a first step towards the abolition of the death penalty, in line with five UN General Assembly resolutions adopted since 2007;
  • Calling on them to review all cases of all people under sentence of death with a view to their commutation, and ensuring that no one with a mental or intellectual disability is sentenced to death or executed;
  • Calling on them to ensure that any measures taken to combat crime do not violate Pakistan’s obligations under international human rights law and that all safeguards guaranteeing the rights of those facing the death penalty are respected.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.
3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with "UA 164/15" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent;
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.