Roundtable : Sub-Saharan Africa, from moratorium to abolition in law

février 2010

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Sub-Saharan Africa
from moratorium to abolition in law

FIACAT, ACAT-France and ACAT-Switzerland are in charge of organizing a roundtable on Sub-Saharan Africa during the 4th World Congress against the death penalty. The roundtable about "Sub-Saharan Africa : from moratorium to abolition in law” will be held on February 25th from 10.45 AM to 12.15 PM.


- Summary :

Today, 15 states out of 48 sub-Saharan Africa countries have abolished the death penalty in their legal system (Togo and Burundi abolished it in 2009), 17 are considered de facto abolitionist and 17 voted in favour of the Resolutions of the UN General Assembly calling for a universal moratorium on the death penalty.

Many countries no longer execute people but still maintain the death penalty in their legislation for electoral purposes or as a tool, to intimidate potential opponents. How is it possible to convince the authorities to abolish the capital punishment in order to prevent countries from reinstalling the death penalty during a period of political instability or after a regime change ?

The purpose of this roundtable is to confront different points of view to enable the development of strategies for abolishing the death penalty in sub-Saharan Africa. It will thus assess the progress made by civil society in the Great Lake Region since the establishment of a Regional Coalition in 2008.

Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) and the opportunity to adopt a legally binding convention banning the death penalty on the continent.


- Speakers :

- Sidiki Kaba Honorary President of the FIDH (Senegal)

- Lievin N’gonji : Chairperson of Culture for Peace and Justice (DRC)

- Johnson Byabashaija : Commissioner General of Prisons (Uganda)

- Sylvie Kayitesi : Chairperson of the Working Group on the death penalty from the ACHPR (Rwanda)

- Lucienne Zoma : Chairperson of ACAT Burkina, Board Member International FIACAT (Burkina Faso)

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