The Supreme Court of Appeal in Malawi has ruled the death penalty unconstitutional, and human rights organizations are praising the judgement.
Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, welcomed the ruling, describing it as a “vital victory.”
“We welcome the judgement of the Supreme Court of Appeal declaring the death penalty unconstitutional in Malawi. This is a vital victory against the death penalty and strengthens the right to life in the country,” Muchena wrote in a statement.
“The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and it has no place in this world. The death penalty is a violation of the right to life and an assault on human rights.
“While the news from Malawi is positive, the death penalty remains in place in the majority of countries across sub-Saharan Africa. Governments need to take action to ensure the region gets rid of the death penalty once and for all.
“It’s time the death penalty was consigned to history. With partners around the world, Amnesty International will continue its global campaign against the death penalty until it is abolished completely everywhere,” he added.