Experts praise Zambian death penalty amnesties

Two UN human rights experts have welcomed a decision by Zambian President Edgar Lungu to commute the death sentences of 332 prisoners to life terms.

The UN Special Rapporteurs on summary executions, Pretoria University professor Christof Heyns, and on torture, Argentine lawyer Juan Méndez, urged the Zambian authorities “to take a step further by removing all reference to the death penalty in the country’s laws”.

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