Lesotho

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Overview

Political instability persisted following an attempted coup in 2014 and the killing of a former army chief in 2015. Several opposition party members remained in exile. The right to freedom of expression remained severely limited. Journalists faced intimidation, physical attacks and politically motivated criminal charges in relation to their work, prompting several to flee the country. The rights to health and an adequate standard of living were undermined.

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Death penalty status

Retentionist

Retains the death penalty in law

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