Rights workplace welcomes Zambia’s pledge to abolish the demise penalty




President Hakainde Hichilema introduced the event on Tuesday in a speech on the eve of Africa Day, based on media studies. 

“We warmly welcome the Zambian President’s pledge on 24 Might to abolish the demise penalty within the nation and work with Parliament to finish this merciless, inhuman, and degrading punishment,” mentioned OHCHR Spokesperson Seif Magango. 
“Use of the demise penalty is incompatible with basic human rights and dignity,” he added. 
A serious step ahead 
Whereas Zambia has maintained a moratorium on capital punishment since 1997, when executions final came about, Mr. Magango mentioned that formal abolition in regulation can be a significant step ahead for human rights within the nation. 
Zambia would additionally be a part of the rising consensus worldwide for common abolition of the demise penalty.  Some 170 nations have abolished it, or launched a moratorium, both in regulation or in observe.  
OHCHR known as on the Authorities and Parliament to bolster the President’s pledge with tangible authorized reforms, together with amending the Penal Code Act and the Felony Process Code Act. 
Help and cooperation 
Moreover, the authorities ought to re-launch the Constitutional Reform course of to broaden the Invoice of Rights, together with with express prohibition of the demise penalty.  
The Authorities was additionally urged to show additional worldwide management on the difficulty by ratifying the Second Non-compulsory Protocol to the Worldwide Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, on abolition of the demise penalty.
 Mr. Magagno mentioned OHCHR “stands prepared to supply technical help and cooperation to the Zambian authorities to make this promise a actuality.”