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How the death penalty is slowly weakening its grip on Africa - Dr Thomas Probert for African Arguments

last modified Jul 06, 2017 09:27 AM
10th October 2014


In connection with the 12th World Day against the Death Penalty, CGHR Research Associate Thomas Probert wrote a guest post for African Arguments on the global trend towards abolition and the extent to which African states are moving away from the practice.  The piece drew from the chapter of CGHR’s recent survey of Unlawful Killings in Africa highlighting that while not the gravest threat to the right to life on the continent in terms of number of deaths, the symbolic importance of the death penalty meant that the number of African states on the cusp of abolishing capital punishment should be welcomed. Read the piece here.