Equatorial Guinea abolishes the death penalty

Equatorial Guinea abolishes the death penalty
Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Niguema Mbasogo. Credit: BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE

Equatorial Guinea announced on state television on Monday that it is abolishing the death penalty.

The small oil state in central Africa is known as a closed country with an authoritarian regime.

The death penalty has been completely abolished in the country, according to new criminal legislation signed by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. His son, also vice president, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue spread the news via Twitter.

Tweet translation: Historical and memorable for our country in the management of respect for Human Rights. I write it with capital letters to seal this unique moment: "EQUATORIAL GUINEA HAS ABOLISHED THE DEATH PENALTY"

The last official execution dates back to 2014, says human rights organisation Amnesty International.

However, NGOs and the United Nations regularly accuse the regime of abductions, arbitrary detentions and torture.

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