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At the African level

January 2011

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- African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Adopted in 1981.

Article 4 : "Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of this right."

- African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
Adopted by the African Union in July 1990.

Article 5-3: "Death sentence shall not be pronounced for crimes committed by children."

- Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa
Adopted by the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union - Maputo - 11 July 2003

Article 4-2-j: "States Parties shall take appropriate and effective measures to ensure that, in those countries where the death penalty still exists, not to carry out death sentences on pregnant or nursing women."


- Resolution ACHPR/Res.42(XXVI)99 Urging the State to Envisage a Moratorium on Death Penalty
Adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 26th Ordinary Session - Kigali (Rwanda) - 15 November 1999.

- Resolution ACHPR/Res.136(XXXXIIII)08 calling on State Parties to observe the moratorium on the death penalty
Adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights during its 44th Ordinary Session - Abuja (Nigeria) - 24 November 2008.

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