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Equatorial Guinea Abolishes Death Penalty

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Equatorial Guinea has abolished the death penalty after the country’s President Teodoro Mbasogo signed a new penal code into law.

Vice president, Teodoro Mangue announced the move on social media.

The measure will come into force in the 90 days following its publication in the official state journal and was approved in advance by parliament.

The last official execution in the country was carried out in 2014, but international non-governmental organizations and the United Nations regularly accuse the regime of forced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture.

Written by: Helen Obih

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