Monday, June 22, 2020

One country at a time

Something I missed in the lockdown chaos: Chad has abolished the death penalty:

The European Union has hailed Chad for abolishing the death penalty for terrorism crimes nearly five years since its last execution.

In a statement on Saturday, the EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Virginie Battu-Henriksson, said the move by Chad should be emulated by other countries that still allow death penalties.

“With this law, Chad has become the 22nd African state to abolish the death penalty for all crimes,” said Battu-Henriksson.

80% of African nations are already abolitionist in law or in practice, and hopefully we'll see more countries following suit.