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Addis Abeba, 27 gennaio 2011: Elisabetta Zamparutti con il Ministro degli Esteri del Gabon Paul Toungui‏
Addis Abeba January 27, 2011: Elisabetta Zamparutti and Foreign Minister of Gabon Paul Toungui
DEATH PENALTY: HANDS OFF CAIN ANNOUNCES ABOLITION IN GABON

February 14, 2011: Gabon completely abolished the death penalty in February 2010, the Radical association Hands Off Cain announced. Today, the Justice Minister of Gabon sent Hands Off Cain a copy of the law published in the Official Gazette. It is the first time that a notice of such importance has arrived with such delay, the government had not communicated it to the public or to international organisations.
The news, that Hands off Cain officially confirmed today, was given to a delegation of the radical association, comprising Senate Vice President Emma Bonino and Radical parliamentarian Elisabetta Zamparutti, during a meeting with the Foreign Minister of Gabon Paul Toungui held in Addis Abeba two weeks ago for the recent African Union summit.
Law 3/2010, which abolishes the death penalty in Gabon, was approved by the Parliament in January and promulgated on February 15, 2010, with the signature of the president of the Republic, Ali Bongo Ondimba, Prime Minister Paul Biyogha Mba and Justice Minister Anicette Nanda Oviga.
According to the law, the death penalty is substituted with life imprisonment with the possibility of pardon or amnesty, conditional freedom or alternative means, only after having served at least thirty years of the punishment. The law also abolishes forced labour.
On May 3, 2007, on occasion of the mission conducted by Aldo Ajello in Libreville for the Italian Government, then President of the Republic Omar Bongo Ondimba assembled the Council of Ministers. They decided to adopt the Italian initiative for the universal moratorium on the death penalty and the presentation of a proposed abolitionist law in the Parliament.
To confirm the commitment to abolition, on December 10, 2007, Gabon hosted the sub regional conference promoted by Hands Off Cain for the moratorium and the abolition of the death penalty. Also, with then Foreign Minister Jean Ping, Gabon was a protagonist in the debate at the UN General Assembly that concluded with the historic approval of the pro-moratorium resolution.
“We appreciate the fact that the new president Ali Bongo Ondimba has kept his word on the commitments made by the father of the abolition front,” Sergio D’Elia, Hands Off Cain Secretary said. “The abolition in Gabon confirms how the African continent is making enormous progress regarding human rights.”
After Rwanda, Burundi and Togo, Gabon is the fourth African country to have abolished the death penalty in the last three years.
The abolition of the death penalty in Gabon was one of the objectives of Hands Off Cain's “Africa Project” for the realisation of the UN resolution for the moratorium on executions and the abolition of the death penalty in the African continent. The two year project, financed in part by the European Union, foresees missions in 8 African countries for the first year and the holding of regional conferences in the second year. (Sources: HOC, 14/02/2011)

GAZA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
FLORIDA (USA): JOSE ANTONIO JIMENEZ EXECUTED
CHINA TO EXECUTE MAN WHO RAMMED SUV INTO CROWD THEN ATTACKED PEOPLE WITH SHOVEL AND HAMMER
INDIA: SC COMMUTES TO LIFE DEATH SENTENCE OF A MAN WHO KILLED SIX PEOPLE
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAAB EXECUTES THREE MEN, INCLUDING FORMER ELECTORAL DELEGATE
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN URMIA OVER DRUG CHARGES
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: FATHER GETS DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDER OF BOY, 14
INDIA: SC COMMUTES DEATH PENALTY OF MAN WHO RAPED, KILLED 3-YR-OLD GIRL
NIGERIA: WIFE OF TRADITIONAL RULER SENTENCED TO DIE BY HANGING IN NASARAWA
TEXAS (USA): ALVIN AVON BRAZIEL EXECUTED
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED AT QAZVIN PRISON
IRAN: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH VERDICT AGAINST BAQERI DARMANI
NORTH KOREA: SERIAL RAPIST PUBLICLY EXECUTED
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED AT GORGAN PRISON
IRAN: INMATES HANGED AT KARAJ AND BANDAR ABBAS PRISONS
IRAN: MASS EXECUTION OF 12 INMATES IN KERMAN CENTRAL PRISON
SOUTH SUDAN: SEVEN PEOPLE, INCLUDING ONE CHILD, HANGED THIS YEAR
HANDS OFF CAIN'S MISSION TO ETHIOPIA
1984 ANTI-SIKH RIOTS: 1ST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE CASE – YASHPAL SINGH GETS DEATH SENTENCE
SINGAPORE: 2 MEN CONVICTED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING ESCAPE DEATH ROW AFTER ACQUITTAL BY APEX COURT
INDIA: MAN GETS DEATH SENTENCE FOR KILLING HIS SISTER
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ZIMBABWE MOVING CLOSER TOWARD ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: JUVENILE OFFENDER SEYYED-DANIAL ZEINOLABEDIN SENTENCED TO DEATH
INDIA: SUPREME COURT COMMUTES DEATH PENALTY OF CHHATTISGARH MAN
IRAN: PRISONER CONVICTED OF MURDERING PROMINENT CLERIC AND CHILD ABUSER HANGED
TEXAS: JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER GARCIA EXECUTED
INDONESIA: FOUR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG DEALS
BULGARIA EXTRADITES GRAFT SUSPECT TO CHINA
ZIMBABWE: 3 MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH

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