Rights office welcomes Zambia’s pledge to abolish the death penalty

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Zambia’s program to abolish the decease punishment adds to the increasing planetary chorus against the practice, the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR, said connected Friday successful welcoming the decision. 

President Hakainde Hichilema announced the improvement connected Tuesday successful a code connected the eve of Africa Day, according to media reports. 

“We warmly invited the Zambian President’s pledge connected 24 May to abolish the decease punishment successful the state and enactment with Parliament to extremity this cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment,” said OHCHR Spokesperson Seif Magango. 

“Use of the decease punishment is incompatible with cardinal quality rights and dignity,” helium added. 

A large measurement forward 

While Zambia has maintained a moratorium connected superior punishment since 1997, erstwhile executions past took place, Mr. Magango said that ceremonial abolition successful instrumentality would beryllium a large measurement guardant for quality rights in the country. 

Zambia would besides articulation the increasing statement worldwide for cosmopolitan abolition of the decease penalty.  Some 170 countries person abolished it, oregon introduced a moratorium, either successful instrumentality oregon successful practice.  

OHCHR called connected the Government and Parliament to bolster the President’s pledge with tangible ineligible reforms, including amending the Penal Code Act and the Criminal Procedure Code Act. 

Assistance and cooperation 

Additionally, the authorities should re-launch the Constitutional Reform process to grow the Bill of Rights, including with explicit prohibition of the decease penalty.  

The Government was besides urged to show further planetary enactment connected the contented by ratifying the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant connected Civil and Political Rights, connected abolition of the decease penalty.

 Mr. Magagno said OHCHR “stands acceptable to supply method assistance and practice to the Zambian authorities to marque this committedness a reality.”  

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