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ZIMBABWE: DEBATE ON THE ABOLITION OF THE DEATH SENTENCE

January 25, 2011: Amnesty International in conjunction with Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum held a two day workshop from Monday the 24th to 25th of January to stir debate on exploring and developing concrete strategies for campaigning against the death penalty in Zimbabwe.
Mr Maja a lawyer and Lecturer with the University of Zimbabwe pin pointed that it was pertinent for the courts to infuse human rights on their interpretation of the law to make sure that the law should not impede on the right to life. In his presentation, Mr Maja also highlighted that there were 52 inmates in Zimbabwe’s Prisons that are currently waiting on the death row with others having spent more than a decade without knowing their fate. He further bemoaned the squalid inhuman conditions that amount to undermining of human dignity, prevalent in the prison cells for the inmates on death row.
Traditional leaders denounced death penalty as a western idea brought about by the settler colonialist regime and submitted that it was un-African to kill as that the African culture places sacred importance to the right to life. (Sources: swradioafrica.com, 03/02/2011)

IRAN: MAN CONVICTED OF SPYING FOR ISRAEL SENTENCED TO DEATH
TAIWAN: MA APOLOGISES TO THE PUBLIC OVER WRONGFUL EXECUTION
IRAN: ONE PERSON EXECUTED, PAIR CONDEMNED TO DEATH
IRAN HANGS IRANIAN-DUTCH WOMAN FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAAB EXECUTES SOMALI MAN ACCUSED OF SPYING FOR FBI
IRAN: 11 MORE HANGINGS
KUWAIT: COURT UPHOLDS DEATH AGAINST MAN FOR KILLING HIS FRIEND OVER WEALTH
ZAMBIA: 5 TO HANG FOR MURDER
MALAYSIA: THREE TO HANG FOR GANJA TRAFFICKING
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: COURT ORDERS EXECUTION
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: DEATH SENTENCE FOR PREMEDITATED MURDER
USA: OHIO TO REPLACE SODIUM THIOPENTAL WITH PENTOBARBITAL
IRAN: THREE PEOPLE HANGED
IRAN: TWO POST-ELECTIONS POLITICAL PRISONERS HANGED
BANGLADESH: FIVE TO GO TO GALLOWS IN JL LEADER MURDER CASE
UAE: EMIRATI TEENAGER SENTENCED TO DIE FOR KILLING
IRAN: THREE MEN HANGED FOR RAPE
N.KOREA HOLDS PUBLIC EXECUTION OVER S.KOREAN PROPAGANDA
SAUDI ARABIA: 144 PRISONERS ON DEATH ROW SIT FOR EXAMS
IRAN: TWO BROTHERS HANGED IN BOJNORD
JAPAN: JUSTICE MINISTER TO CONSIDER ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
USA: HOSPIRA TO STOP MAKING LETHAL-INJECTION DRUG
HANDS OFF CAIN: EXCELLENT DECISION BY HOSPIRA TO CEASE PRODUCTION OF SODIUM THIOPENTAL FOR LETHAL INJECTIONS
UGANDA: COURT MAINTAINS DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN: 10 PEOPLE HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH IN ABU DHABI
MALAYSIA: MAN’S DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
IRAN: EXECUTED FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
IRAN SUSPENDS SENTENCE TO HANG WOMAN IN STONING CASE
IRAN: NO CHANGE IN ASHTIANI CASE, SAYS JUDICIARY

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