Oral statement on the death penalty in Africa at the 60th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights
Amnesty International welcomes the progressive steps taken by the African Commission on the death penalty; particularly its standard setting role. However, Amnesty International is deeply concerned about the lack of progress in the African Union in respect of the adoption of the Additional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the abolition of the death penalty. It is high time Africa joined other regions of the world in adopting a regional treaty on the abolition of the death penalty. Amnesty International urges the African Commission to work effectively with all relevant organs of the African Union in ensuring that the draft Protocol is successfully adopted without further delay.