UN rights chief hails CAR decision to end death penalty | Death Penalty News

About 170 international locations thus far have abolished or launched moratoria of demise penalties in legislation or observe.

The United Nations rights chief has hailed a call by lawmakers within the Central African Republic to finish capital punishment within the nation.

No executions have been carried out in CAR since 1981, and final Friday lawmakers authorized new laws making demise sentences unlawful.

“I commend the adoption of a legislation within the Central African Republic abolishing the demise penalty and encourage President Faustin-Archange Touadera to promulgate it,” Michelle Bachelet, UN excessive commissioner for human rights mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.

“The demise penalty is incompatible with elementary tenets of human rights and dignity,” she mentioned.

Since 2013, Central African Republic, which is the second-least developed nation on the planet based on the UN, has been racked by civil warfare.

It’ll turn into the twenty fourth African nation to have abolished the demise penalty, Bachelet famous. Approximately170 international locations have abolished or launched moratoria of demise penalties in legislation or observe, thus far.

The transfer will additional bolster “the worldwide pattern in the direction of common abolition thus contributing to the enhancement and growth of human rights,” she mentioned.