Malawi ― African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights ― Death Penalty ― Sept. 2014
The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a report on the death penalty in Malawi for the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, when the Commission will examine Malawi's implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. The report addresses Malawi's compliance with its human rights obligations as they pertain to the death penalty, pretrial detention, adequate legal resources, and prison conditions. The government of Malawi has yet to formally abolish the death penalty and has shown little willingness to do so.
Malawi's de facto moratorium on the death penalty and its recognition of its harsh prison conditions are a first step toward protecting human rights. Also, in 2011 Malawi amended Section 210 of its Penal Code to eliminate the mandatory death penalty for murder and treason. To build on this progress, the report suggests that the Commission should recommend that the government of Malawi:
The report addresses other problems in Malawi's justice system, including:
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