Thursday, June 13, 2024

Botswana ponders abolishing death penalty

Botswana is set to start nationwide consultations on whether or not to abolish capital punishment for people convicted of premeditated murder, United Nations (UN) documents show. 

In a sign that the UN has prevailed over the southern African nation’s continuous execution of death row inmates, Botswana confirmed to a UN’s human rights watchdog entity that plans are at an advanced stage to start debates on whether to abolish capital punishment or not. 

Following the executions of Wedu Mosalagae (33) and Kutlo Setima (29) which took place on 8 February 2021, the UN called on the Government of Botswana to “stop the use of capital punishment and impose an immediate moratorium on executions with a view to its abolition.” 

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