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Amnesty opposes death sentence

10 October 2013, 16:20

Abuja - Politicians need to stop presenting the death penalty as a quick-fix to reduce high crime rates and instead address problems in the criminal justice system, human rights group, Amnesty International said.

The organisation cited Nigeria as one of several countries that have resumed such executions over the past year.

“Politicians need to stop playing to the gallery and show leadership on public security. There is simply no convincing evidence that the death penalty acts as a special deterrent. Instead they need to focus on effective solutions to address crime,” said Audrey Gaughran, Director of Global Issues at the organisation.

His comments coincided with World Day Against the Death Penalty on Thursday.

TO mark the day, a new briefing by Amnesty International, “Not Making Us Safer”, highlights the lack of evidence to support the claim that the death penalty reduces serious crime.

The report argues that a minority of countries have resumed or are planning to resume executions, often as a "knee-jerk" reaction to high or rising crime rates or to especially heinous murders.

It mentioned Nigeria alongside Gambia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, and Pakistan, and, most recently, Vietnam where executions have resumed.
In Nigeria Capital punishment resumed after an absence of seven years.

This was preceded by President Goodluck Jonathan calling on the 36 state governors to sign death warrants to facilitate the immediate execution of the more than 900 death row inmates in prisons spread across the country.

- CAJ news


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