AFRICA'S HUMAN RIGHTS BODY TAKES A STANCE AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
November 30, 2008: the African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ Rights (ACHPR) called for a moratorium on executions and the ratification of the UN Protocol for the abolition of the death penalty.
The ACHPR adopted a âresolution urging State Parties to observe a moratorium on the death penaltyâ, during its Session held in Abuja, Nigeria in November 2008. The text notes that â27 State Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' RightsÂ have already in law or de facto abolished the death penaltyâ, but that only six among them have ratified the UN Second Optional Protocol aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.
The ACHPR states that it is âpreoccupiedâ by some death sentences handed down âin conditions not respectful of the right to a fair trialâ in several African countries. The text invites the 53 African countries to âobserve a moratorium on the execution of death sentences with a view to abolishing the death penalty.â (Sources: WorldCoalition.org, 30/11/2008)