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Living in limbo: Benin's last death row prisoners

In the last three decades Benin has made important progress on the abolition of the death penalty. Despite the remarkable progress made by Benin on the abolition of the death penalty 14 people are languishing on death row with an uncertain future. Benin is committed not to execute them yet it has not commuted their death sentences. The uncertainty that hangs over the 14 death row prisoners needs to be resolved urgently through the commutation of their death sentences.

Date:
16 January 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/4980/2017
  • News
  • Benin
  • Death Penalty

Benin: Death row prisoners held in cruel limbo

Prisoners on death row in Benin are languishing in a cruel limbo after a court decision last year effectively abolished the death penalty, but failed to commute existing death sentences, said Amnesty International in a new report today. The 14 remaining death row inmates have been informed by prison authorities that they will not be executed but are still being held in terrible conditions separately from other inmates at Akpro-Missérété Prison, close to Port Novo, Benin’s capital.

Date:
16 January 2017
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Death Penalty

Advocacy Toolkit on Abolition of the Death Penalty in West Africa

This toolkit is designed to assist activists working on the abolition of the death penalty in West Africa. Drawing on many years of Amnesty International’s work to promote all human rights and to oppose violations of those rights, it is intended to provide arguments, suggestions and practical tips for advocacy that activists can use to strengthen and broaden their work against the death penalty.

Date:
1 September 2016
Ref:
ACT 50/4209/2016
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  • Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Musician Angélique Kidjo and African youth activists honoured with Amnesty International award

World-renowned musician Angélique Kidjo and three inspirational African youth activist movements have been declared this year’s joint winners of the prestigious Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2016, the organization said today. The award will be shared between Benin-born artist Angélique Kidjo, one of world’s most successful African singer-songwriters, and the activist groups Y’en a marre from Senegal, le Balai Citoyen from Burkina Faso and Lutte pour le Changement (LUCHA) from DRC.

Date:
4 May 2016
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  • Africa
  • Death Penalty

Benin. The presidential candidates must commit to respecting human rights

In the Manifesto "10 commitments to promote and protect civic space and human rights defenders in Benin", Amnesty International and the Network of Human Rights NGOs (Réseau des ONG de Défense des Droits de l'homme (RODDH), which groups together some 30 signatory organizations, is calling the candidates in Benin’s presidential election, the first round of which is scheduled for this coming 6 March, to commit to promote, respect and protect human rights.

Date:
16 February 2016
Ref:
AFR 14/3447/2016
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  • Africa
  • International Organizations

Oral statement by Amnesty International: Item 10: Activity Reports of Members of the Commission and Special Mechanisms

In this statement Amnesty International addresses the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the state of the death penalty in Africa. The organization opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception. In particular, Amnesty International continues to be very concerned about the resumption of executions in the Gambia and Nigeria in August 2012 and June 2013, respectively. The organization also comments on positive developments where constitutional review processes provide real opportunities to permanently abolish the death penalty.

Date:
22 October 2013
Ref:
IOR 63/003/2013
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  • Benin
  • Discrimination

Africa: Making love a crime: Criminalization of same-sex conduct in Sub-Saharan Africa

Please see erratum at https://www. amnesty. org/en/documents/afr01/012/2013/en/. Thirty-one countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws criminalizing consensual same-sex sexual conduct. Underpinning these laws are deeply entrenched discriminatory social attitudes. This report examines the effects of the criminalization laws on, and discriminatory social attitudes towards, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Date:
25 June 2013
Ref:
AFR 01/001/2013
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  • Argentina
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Suggested recommendations to States considered in the 14th round of the Universal Periodic Review

In this document Amnesty International makes recommendations to the governments of different states about ratification of international human rights standards, domestic legislation and human rights violations. The abuses considered include indigenous rights, death penalty, homophobia, freedom of expression, conscientious objection and deaths in custody.

Date:
1 September 2012
Ref:
IOR 41/019/2012
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  • Africa
  • International Organizations

Amnesty International statement to African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the situation of human rights in Africa

In this statement, Amnesty International focuses on the status of the death penalty in Africa and progress towards its abolition. Among the 53 State Parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, 37 states retain the death penalty in their national laws. Amnesty International firmly believes that Africa has the potential to become a region that is free of executions.

Date:
11 October 2011
Ref:
IOR 63/005/2011
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  • Benin
  • Death Penalty

Benin closer to abolishing the death penalty

Benin has taken an important step towards abolishing the death penalty after the country’s National Assembly yesterday voted in favour of ratifying an international treaty banning capital punishment. Benin would be the 74th state worldwide to join the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which calls for the death penalty to be abolished.   “The Beninese authorities should be commended for this important step that would bring their criminal justice system in line with the global trend to outlaw this cruel punishment,” said Véronique Aubert, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Africa.

Date:
19 August 2011
  • Research
  • Benin
  • Death Penalty

Benin's candidacy for election to the UN Human Rights Council: Open letter

In this open letter, written on the occasion of Benin’s election to the UN Human Rights Council in the elections scheduled for 20 May 2011, Amnesty International takes the opportunity to note some opportunities for the government of Benin to promote and protect human rights on the occasion of its candidature. The organization makes recommendations about commitments at the international level and also at national level.

Date:
15 June 2011
Ref:
AFR 14/001/2011
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  • Benin
  • Death Penalty

Benin: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review: Second session of the UPR Working Group, 5-16 May 2008

In this submission, Amnesty International provides information under sections B and C (as stipulated in the General Guidelines for the Preparation of Information under the Universal Periodic Review). Amnesty International raises concern over legislation providing for the death penalty and the implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The organization also describes concerns related to prison conditions and excessive use of force.

Date:
7 February 2008
Ref:
AFR 14/001/2008