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The rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly were unduly restricted; journalists and health workers were unjustly prosecuted, harassed and intimidated. The police used excessive force while policing demonstrations and enforcing public health restrictions. Discrimination against women...
Africa Censorship and Freedom of Expression

Benin: New laws, new human rights restrictions: Amnesty International: Submission to the 42nd session of the UPR Working Group, 26 January 2023

This submission was prepared for the Universal Periodic Review of Benin scheduled to be held on 26 January 2023. In it, Amnesty International evaluates the implementation of recommendations previously made to Benin, including in relation to the death penalty. It also assesses the national human...
Africa Death Penalty

Benin: Death sentences of fourteen prisoners commuted

Amnesty International today welcomed the commutation of the death sentences of 14 death row prisoners, by the authorities in Benin, as a sign of the country’s commitment to the abolition of the death penalty. The prisoners – 10 Beninese, two Nigerians, one Togolese and one Ivorian – were the last...
Africa Death Penalty

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...