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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)

IRAQ: 13 PEOPLE EXECUTED, INCLUDING 11 FOR ‘TERRORISM’
CHINA REMAINS WORLD'S TOP EXECUTIONER: AMNESTY
ALABAMA (USA): WALTER LEROY MOODY JR, 83, EXECUTED
MYANMAR: PRESIDENT GRANTS GENERAL AMNESTY FOR 8541 PRISONERS
BANGLADESH: 2 TO WALK GALLOWS IN NATORE FOR KILLING GIRL AFTER RAPE
IRAN: BAHMAN VARMAZIYAR EXECUTED DESPITE EXTENSIVE CRITICISM
IRAQ: MORE THAN 300 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR IS LINKS
ZAMBIA: LUSAKA WIFE TO HANG FOR KILLING HUSBAND
IRAQ: 4 FOREIGN WOMEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR JOINING IS
UAE: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR ABU DHABI CHILD KILLER
EGYPT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE AGAINST 4 OVER PLOTTING ATTACKS
INDIA: ODISHA COURT AWARDS DEATH SENTENCE TO NINE MEN IN GUNUPUR TRIPLE MURDER CASE
NIGERIA: POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING IN NASARAWA
PAKISTAN: ANTI-TERRORISM COURT AWARDS DEATH SENTENCE ON THREE COUNTS TO RAPIST
PAKISTAN: ‘PRESIDENT REJECTED 513 MERCY PETITIONS OF DEATH ROW PRISONERS IN LAST FIVE YEARS’
IRAN: A MAN EXECUTED IN NORTHERN IRAN FOR MURDERING A CHILD
PAKISTAN: TRIPLE MURDER CONVICT HANGED
EGYPT: 36 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CHURCH ATTACKS
BANGLADESH: FIVE TO WALK GALLOWS FOR KILLING EXPAT
EGYPT: 11 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DEADLY FIGHT OVER CAR WASH
IRAN: MAN HANGED IN KERMAN PRISON
INDIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING 6-YR-OLD BOY
IVORY COAST: AFRICAN REGIONAL CONGRESS AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY
IRAQ: SEVEN KEY ISLAMIC STATE LEADERS SENTENCED TO DEATH ON GENOCIDE CHARGES
USA: STUDY ANALYZES CAUSES OF ‘ASTONISHING PLUNGE’ IN DEATH SENTENCES
PAKISTAN: WOMAN ACQUITTED AFTER 20 YEARS ON DEATH ROW
EGYPT: OTHER 12 PRISONERS EXECUTED IN MARCH
SAUDI ARABIA: DEATH SENTENCE TO ISIS MEMBER WHO KILLED HIS COUSIN
BELIZE: ALL PRISONERS SERVING LIFE SENTENCE TO BE RE-SENTENCED
KUWAIT: DEATH SENTENCE OF 15 INDIANS COMMUTED TO LIFE

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