TANZANIA: HIGH COURT RULES TO UPHOLD THE DEATH PENALTY
July 19, 2019:
Tanzanian High Court on 18 July 2019 ruled to uphold or keep the death penalty, stating that there is not enough evidence to challenge the death penalty, which means that it will remain in place and operating. (Sources: regionweek.com, 18/07/2019)
Human rights activists in Tanzania grouped in ‘Tanzania Legal and Human Rights center’ had filed a complaint saying it is unconstitutional as it breaches the right to life.
But on 18 July the High Court judged to keep it despite the outcry of the Human Rights activists.
BBC reports that some 500 convicts in Tanzania’s jails face the death penalty or have seen their sentences changed to life prison terms.
Tanzanian laws state the crime and murder are punishable by the death penalty, even though since 1994 no one has been executed, BBC added.