Arua-Life is precious as the old saying goes. But some people have not been able to live the life as expected through the death penalties.
As a result, there have been worldwide campaigns for abolition of death penalty as a form of punishment. Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, European Union and Embassy of France argues that death penalty is a harsh and inhuman and degrading form of punishment.
Now, as Uganda will join the rest of the world to commemorate World Day Against Death Penalty, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative have been organizing concerts, drama and debates that discourages death penalties.
The Director, Capacity Development Division/Manager, Death penalty project, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Lucy Peace Nantume said: “We are committed to abolishing the death penalty carry out hundreds of initiatives world- wide including debates, concerts and press releases to provide a broad, international dimension to the goal of universal abolition. Likewise in the past 11 years’ abolitionists in Uganda.”
The 15th anniversary will be marked with a theme: “Poverty& Justice. A deadly mix.” On the day, FHRI in partnership with the European Union and Embassy of France will undertake various activities including a solidarity visit to those condemned to death at Luzira prison.
The Human Rights bodies link death penalty to poverty where the poor often suffer the greater consequences in prisons.
• 104 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes
• 07 countries have abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes
• 30 countries are abolitionist in practice
• 57 countries are retentionist
• 23 countries carried out executions in 2016
• In 2016, the top five executioners were China, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.