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Ethiopia - Committee Against Torture (LOI) - Death Penalty - June 2022

Date: June 13, 2022
Country: Ethiopia
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Death Penalty
Mechanism: UN Committee against Torture
Report Type: List of Issues
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This report addresses Ethiopia's compliance with its human rights obligations with regard to the death penalty. Although there are currently at least 147 people on death row in Ethiopia, the country has not carried out any executions during the reporting period and has also pardoned and released 41 additional death row inmates since that time.[1] The Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia has also issued sentencing guidelines that purport to further reduce the likelihood of persons being sentenced to death as a punishment for their crimes.[2] Nonetheless, Ethiopia has not taken concrete steps to reduce the number of crimes eligible for the death penalty, and the use of torture and other due process violations related to judicial proceedings render all death sentences arbitrary.

[1] Committee against Torture,Second periodic report submitted by Ethiopia under article 19of the Convention, due in 2014, (26 May 2020), ΒΆ112.

[2] Ibid.