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 â€śresolution urging State Parties to observe a moratorium on the death penaltyâ€ť, during its Session held in Abuja, Nigeria in November 2008. The text notes that â€ś27 State Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' RightsÂ have already in law or de facto abolished the death penaltyâ€ť, 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 â€śpreoccupiedâ€ť by some death sentences handed down â€śin conditions not respectful of the right to a fair trialâ€ť in several African countries. The text invites the 53 African countries to â€śobserve a moratorium on the execution of death sentences with a view to abolishing the death penalty.â€ť (Sources: WorldCoalition.org, 30/11/2008)