Press Release on the Meeting of the Working Group on the Death Penalty, Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings in Africa

    The Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) wishes to inform the general public that it will be organizing a meeting of the ACHPR Working Group on the Death Penalty and Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Killings in Africa (the Working Group) and Regional Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Africa from 8 to 10 April 2018, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, in collaboration with the World Coalition against Death Penalty and FIACAT.

    The meeting is being organised in accordance with Article 45 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter), and to give effect to ACHPR /Res.79 (XXXVIII) 05, which requires the Working Group to among other things, collect information and continue to monitor the situation of the application of the Death Penalty in African States.

    The objective of the meeting is to discuss progress made on the ongoing review of the Study on the ‘Question of the Death Penalty in Africa’ and related matters, with a view to having the Revised Study ready for presentation to the ACHPR by end of 2018. Part of activities of the Working Group will also be to participate in the Regional Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty in Africa to raise awareness on the issue amongst stakeholders including State Parties to the African Charter. The Conference will take the form of workshops, panel discussions and plenary sessions.

    The Meeting and Regional Conference will be attended by Commissioner Kayitesi Zainabo Sylvie, Chairperson of the Working Group, Commissioners Maya Sahli Fadel and Remy Ngoy Lumbu Members of the Working Group as well as the following Expert Members of the Working Group, Professor Philip Iya, Professor Carlson Anyangwe, Ms. Alice Mogwe and Mr. Clement Isidore Capo Chi-chi. The meeting will be serviced by staff members of the Secretariat.

     

                                                                                Done in Banjul, 03 April 2018

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