Equatorial Guinea Bans Capital Punishment

The President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has announced the banning of capital punishment in the country.

Equatorial Guinea signed the law abolishing the death penalty and made the announcement via state television on Monday.

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The law has been approved by the parliament and it is expected to come into force in the next 90 days following its publication in the official state journal.

According to Amnesty International, the last official execution in the country was carried out in 2014.

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Equatorial Guinea joins countries like the Central African Republic (May 2022), Sierra Leone (2021) and Chad (2020), who have banned capital punishment on the African continent in recent years.

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