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Death Penalty Does Not Reduce Crime

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all, says the number of people who have been put on death penalty has increased.

The organisation’s Muleya Mwananyanga states that there is no evidence suggests that death penalty decreases the rate of crime in the world.
Amnesty International has just released a report indicating that they number of people killed through death penalty rulings has increased.

The report found that at least 1 634 executions were recorded around the world, in 2015 alone.

Call to Abolish Death Penalty

The United Nations (UN) has called on member states to abolish the death penalty, saying it has no place in the 21st Century.

Speaking at a special event hosted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Italian Mission to the UN, secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, described death penalty as a cruel and inhumane practice.

Tanzanians Seek Public Opinions on Death Penalty

Findings from the recently launched Tanzania Human Rights 2011 report show that there is a need to seek public opinions on the death penalty.

The Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC) assistant researcher, Onesmo Olengurumwa, says that of the 6 000 people who were interviewed and data collected from other sources show that people are interested in airing their opinions.

"When collecting data, we realised that more people today have been sensitised about the existence of the death penalty and that opinions are divided," explains Olengurumwa.

SAHRC Criticises South Africa Over Rights

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says that the South African government's foreign policy is focused more on trading with China, and has failed to consider human rights.

In a press statement, SAHRC spokesperson, Vincent Moaga, points out that, "When South Africa establishes trade and diplomatic relations with any country, it is absolutely imperative that human rights principles form one of the primary pillars of these relations."

NGO Criticises Nigeria Over Penalty

A NGO, Human Right Writers Association (HRWAN) has criticised the decision by the Nigerian government to execute all the convicted persons serving death penalties as a way of decongesting prisons.

HRWAN chief operating officer, Emmanuel Onwubiko, calls on the acting president Goodluck Jonathan, and all the state governors not to go ahead with the policy, saying the execution would amount to an abuse of human rights.

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