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Further information on UA 97/92 (AFR 53/07/92, 23 March) - South Africa: death penalty: 17 people under sentence of death (names not known)

, Index number: AFR 53/008/1992

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EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 53/08/92
Distr: UA/SC
30 March 1992
Further information on UA 97/92 (AFR 53/07/92, 23 March 1992) - Death Penalty
SOUTH AFRICA:Seventeen people under sentence of death (names not known)
On 27 March 1992 the South African government announced a temporary moratorium
on executions in Pretoria. The Minister of Justice said that executions have
been suspended until an interim bill of rights has been agreed between the
government's representatives and other parties currently involved in
negotiations over a new constitution. The likely time-frame for reaching
agreement on issues relating to the bill of rights is not clear at this stage.
The Minister of Justice said that although the carrying out of executions
is temporarily suspended, the courts will continue to impose death sentences
where appropriate and the authorities will continue the legal process of
considering clemency petitions on behalf of other prisoners who have exhausted
all available avenues of appeal. The authorities have still not disclosed
the names of the 17 prisoners whose clemency petitions have already been turned
down. A further 257 prisoners remain under sentence of death in Pretoria.
No further action is requested at this stage. Thank you to all who
participated in this action.

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