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African Union Member States and the Death Penalty

July 2014

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The Death Penalty in Africa

 

Updated: July 2014

 

 

Country

Statute

2nd Optional Protocol to the ICCPR

Resolution 67/176 de December 2012 calling for a universal moratorium on the Death Penalty

1

Algeria

Moratorium

 

Pro

2

Angola

Abolitionist

Signature

Pro

3

Benin

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

4

Botswana

Retentionist

 

Con

5

Burkina Faso

Moratorium

 

Pro

6

Burundi

Abolitionist

 

Pro

7

Cameroun

Moratorium

 

Abstention

8

Cape-Verde

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

9

Central African Republic

Moratorium

 

Pro

10

Chad

Moratorium

 

Pro

11

Comoros

Retentionist

 

Abstention

12

Congo

Moratorium

 

Pro

13

Côte d’Ivoire

Abolitionist

 

Pro

14

Democratic republic of Congo

Moratorium

 

Abstention

15

Djibouti

Abolitionist

Ratification

Abstention

16

Egypt

Retentionist

 

Con

17

Equatorial Guinea

Retentionist

 

Absent

18

Eritrea

Moratorium

 

Abstention

19

Ethiopia

Retentionist

 

Con

20

Gabon

Abolitionist

 

Pro

21

Gambia

Retentionist

 

Absent

22

Ghana

Moratorium

 

Absent

23

Guinea

Retentionist

 

Abstention

24

Guinea-Bissau

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

25

Kenya

Moratorium

 

Abstention

26

Lesotho

Retentionist

 

Abstention

27

Liberia

Moratorium

Ratification*

Abstention

28

Libya

Retentionist

 

Con

29

Madagascar

Moratorium

Signature

Pro

30

Malawi

Moratorium

 

Abstention

31

Mali

Moratorium

 

Pro

32

Maurice

Abolitionist

 

Absent

33

Mauritania

Moratorium

 

Abstention

34

Mozambique

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

35

Namibia

Abolitionist

Ratification

Abstention

36

Niger

Moratorium

 

Abstention

37

Nigeria

Retentionist

 

Abstention

38

Rwanda

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

39

Sahara Occidental

Moratorium

Not UN member state

Not UN member state

40

Sao Tome and Principe

Abolitionist

Signature

Absent

41

Senegal

Abolitionist

 

Abstention

42

Seychelles

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

43

Sierra Leone

Moratorium

 

Pro

44

Somalia

Retentionist

 

Pro

45

Soudan

Retentionist

 

Con

46

South Africa

Abolitionist

Ratification

Pro

47

South Soudan

Retentionist

 

Pro

48

Swaziland

Moratorium

 

Con

49

Tanzania

Moratorium

 

Abstention

50

Togo

Abolitionist

 

Pro

51

Tunisia

Moratorium

 

Pro

52

Uganda

Retentionist

 

Con

53

Zambia

Moratorium

 

Abstention

54

Zimbabwe

Retentionist

 

Con

 

* Liberia is the only country that have reinstate the death penalty after having ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty

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