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GHANA - Abolitionist de facto

Government: constitutional democracy
State of civil and political rights: Free
Constitution: 28 April 1992
Legal System: based on English law and customary law
Legislative System: unicameral Parliament
Judicial System: Supreme Court; High Court; Court of Appeal; regional tribunals
Religion: Christian 68.8%, Muslim 15.9%, traditional 8.5%, other 0.7%, none 6.1%

Method of execution: shooting
Date of last execution: 7-1993
Death sentences: 1
Prisoners on death row: 166 (as of December, 31 2012)

International Treaties on the Death Penalty and Human Rights:
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
  • 1st Optional Protocol to the Covenant
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
  • African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
  • Statute of the International Criminal Court (which excludes the death penalty)


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