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ZIMBABWE: DRAFT CONSTITUTION KILLS DEATH PENALTY BUT ONLY FOR WOMEN

July 19, 2012: in Zimbabwe, the Select Committee of Parliament on the New Constitution (COPAC), that was established in April 2009 to spearhead the Constitution-making process in the country, announced that the new draft constitution was complete and signed by all the party negotiators to the 2007 Global Political Agreement (i.e. the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front and the two Movement for Democratic Change formations) and members of COPAC's management committee.
Zimbabwe’s new draft constitution has abolished the death sentence for women and those under the age of 21 and above 70 years, but rights groups pushing for the total removal of the death penalty say it does not go far enough.
“Every person has the right to life,” is written in Article 4.5 of the new Charter. However, “A law may permit the death penalty to be imposed only on a person convicted of murder committed in aggravating circumstances,” Article 4.5 adds. “The penalty must not be imposed on a person who was less than twenty-one years old when the offence was committed; or who is more than seventy years old; the penalty must not be imposed or carried out on a woman,” the draft says. “The law must permit the court a discretion whether or not to impose the penalty.”
The Charter, to replace the current constitution that has been amended 19 times, will be presented before an All-Stakeholders Conference in the next few weeks before going for a national referendum. (Sources: allafrica.com, 19/07/2012)

IRAN: OFFICIAL SAYS 15,000 EXECUTED FOR DRUG OFFENSES SINCE 1979
PAKISTAN: KARACHI COURT SENTENCES MUGGER TO DEATH FOR KILLING INSPECTOR
OHIO (USA): SUPREME COURT ORDERS REVIEW OF FORD’S DEATH SENTENCE IN 2013 SLEDGEHAMMER KILLINGS
SRI LANKA: DEATH SENTENCE IMPOSED ON JULAMPITIYE AMARE
INDIA: BOMBAY HC COMMUTES DEATH PENALTY OF TWO YOUNG MEN IN BHANDARA ROBBERY AND MURDER CASE
SRI LANKA: PRESIDENT SIRISENA GRANTS PARDON TO ROYAL PARK MURDER CONVICT ON DEATH ROW
MALAYSIA: DEATH SENTENCE FOR TWO WOMEN IN PENANG FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
SRI LANKA: ACCUSED SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER MURDER
INDIA: SC RECONFIRMS DEATH PENALTY FOR CONVICT
KUWAIT: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING WIFE
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: CONSTITUTIONAL COURT ABOLISHES DEATH SENTENCE IN REPUBLIKA SRPSKA
CHINA SENTENCES 9 IN FENTANYL TRAFFICKING CASE AFTER US TIP
TEXAS (USA): JUSTEN HALL EXECUTED
BANGLADESH: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF JAMAAT LEADER
SOUTH DAKOTA (USA): CHARLES RUSSELL RHINES EXECUTED
NIGERIA: KANO GOVT APPROVES DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPPERS
SOMALIA: TWO SHABAAB MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH, DISTRICT COMMISSIONER TO LIFE FOR MURDER OF DEPUTY COMMISSIONER
SRI LANKA: SUPREME COURT EXTENDS STAY ON DEATH PENALTY
LEBANON: UBER DRIVER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER OF UK WOMAN
LEBANON: EIGHT PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR DOUBLE ATTACK IN 2013 ARE SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN: MAN HANGED IN PUBLIC FOR KILLING A POLICEMAN
SRI LANKA: FATHER OF 2 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR POSSESSING HEROIN
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