INDEX



Article(s)

African Great Lakes Coalition gets stronger

on 6 November 2009

The group, which brings together more than 30 member organisations from four countries, established itself as a formal body and launched its website on World Day Against the Death Penalty.

2009

Burundi

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Juveniles

Rwanda

Uganda

Article(s)

Africa moving towards regional abolition treaty

on 5 October 2009

The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights organised its first regional conference on the death penalty in Africa in late September.

2009

Moratorium

Rwanda

Article(s)

African Commission urges Gaddafi not to kill Nigerian convicts

on 20 September 2009

The African human rights watchdog has asked Libya not to execute 20 Nigerians on death row in the North African country after a Nigerian NGO highlighted their plight.

2009

Libya

Moratorium

Nigeria

Article(s)

4,000 death sentences commuted in Kenya

on 6 August 2009

Kenya’s president has commuted all death sentences in the country in the wake of legal challenges brought by local and international activists.

2009

Clemency

Kenya

Kenya

Article(s)

ICC paves the way for justice without killing

on 18 July 2009

The University of Kinshasa has hosted a conference on the theme of death penalty-free justice to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court.

2009

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Article(s)

Algerian MPs want to abolish the death penalty

on 9 December 2008

A group of Algerian parliamentarians has filed a bill aimed at abolishing capital punishment. The World Coalition supports their campaign to have the proposed legislation passed.

2008

Algeria

Moratorium

Article(s)

Africa’s human rights body takes a stance against the death penalty

on 30 November 2008

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights calls for a moratorium on executions and the ratification of the UN Protocol for the abolition of the death penalty.

2008

Fair Trial

Article(s)

Africa takes a good look at the death penalty

on 5 August 2008

A working group of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights is preparing a report on capital punishment on the continent.

2008

Eswatini

Moratorium

Article(s)

Significant but fragile progress in the Great Lakes region

on 1 May 2007

Rwanda and Burundi are apparently close to abolishing the death penalty; in the Democratic Republic of Congo, all references to capital punishment have been removed from the text of the constitution. The death penalty is on borrowed time in these countries scarred by conflicts. For the first time, the region’s abolitionists met in Paris and called for the creation of a regional coalition.

2007

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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