Earlier in the day, Pakistan executed 12 men convicted of crimes including murder and terrorism.
“At this rate, Pakistan is turning itself into one of the world’s top executioners – a shameful club no country should aspire to join. The government must immediately re-impose the moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its eventual abolition,” Griffiths said in a statement posted on Amnesty International’s website.
Several juveniles are reported to have been among those executed, though the use of this type of punishment against minors is prohibited by international law.
On December 17, 2014, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lifted a death penalty moratorium that had been in existence for 6 years. The decision came a day after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school that killed over 150 people, mostly children.
Last week, the Pakistani authorities declared that not only terrorism-related activities would be punished by death, but also other crimes.
Since the moratorium on capital punishment was lifted 39 people have been executed, and another 8,000 people remain on death row.