UN rights chief hails end of death penalty in Togo

12/12/2008
UN rights chief hails end of death penalty in Togo

The U.N.'s top human rights official has welcomed a decision by Togo to remove the death penalty from its penal code.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the abolition of capital punishment in the West African country demonstrates Togo's respect for the right to life.Pillay says the decision by Togo's council of ministers Wednesday sent a strong signal on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In a statement Friday, she said the move shows Togo is putting in place an "objective justice system that doesn't resort to violence."

Togo has not applied the death penalty for 30 years.

 

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