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Amnesty International Welcomes Abolishment Of Death Penalty In Zambia

Amnesty International (AI) has welcomed the abolishment of the death penalty in Zambia.

Zambia’s President Hakainde Hichilema on Friday 23 December 2022 announced that he had assented to a law banning the death penalty and the offence of criminal defamation of the president.

Responding to this development, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Tigere Chagutah said:

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement by President Hichilema that the death penalty has been abolished in Zambia. This is a good and progressive move that shows the country’s commitment to protecting the right to life.

Amnesty International welcomes the announcement by President Hichilema that the death penalty has been abolished in Zambia. This is a good and progressive move that shows the country’s commitment to protecting the right to life.

We also commend President Hichilema for quashing the offence of criminal defamation of the president, used until recently to muzzle free speech and unjustifiably limit freedom of expression in the country.

With the abolition, Zambia is the 25th country in sub-Saharan Africa to abolish the death penalty for all crimes.

Zambia’s decision to ban the death penalty should serve as an example to countries in the region that still use the death penalty and compel them to take immediate steps to end this cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment and protect the right to life.

AI also urged Zambia authorities to accede to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty. | Amnesty International

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