Is the Death Penalty an Inhuman and Degrading Treatment?

April 2012

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FIACAT oral statement delivered on 19 April 2012 during the 51st Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights for the launch of the “Study on the issue of the death penalty in Africa”.

Can we consider the conditions of detention in death row as well as the methods of execution as a cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment? Is this argument relevant in international law and can be used as a tool for activists in favour of the abolition of the death penalty?

Starting from its experience in prisons in Africa, FIACAT tries to answer these questions by investigating the situation of death row inmates and methods of executions in Africa.

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