Kids on death row be­ing hanged in S Su­dan: Amnesty

Gulf Times - - AFRICA -

Chil­dren are among pris­on­ers be­ing hanged as South Su­dan scales up ex­e­cu­tions, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said yes­ter­day in a re­port on the death penalty in the trou­bled coun­try.

Seven peo­ple - in­clud­ing one child - were hanged by the South Su­danese gov­ern­ment in 2018 - the most an­nual ex­e­cu­tions since the coun­try’s found­ing in 2011, Amnesty said.

Two in­mates who were chil­dren when they al­legedly com­mit­ted crimes were also ex­e­cuted last year, the rights group said.

A 16-year-old boy, who was 15 at the time of his trial, and a woman with a new­born are cur­rently on death row in a Juba prison, the re­port added.

“It is ex­tremely dis­turb­ing that the world’s youngest na­tion has em­braced this out­dated, in­hu­man prac­tice and is ex­e­cut­ing peo­ple, even chil­dren, at a time when the rest of the world is aban­don­ing this ab­hor­rent pun­ish­ment,” said Amnesty’s East Africa di­rec­tor Joan Nyanyuki.

South Su­dan was em­broiled for years in a bru­tal civil war un­til a re­cent peace deal was struck.

Armed groups in the coun­try’s bit­ter con­flict were known to use thou­sands of child sol­diers.

In­ter­na­tional and na­tional law strictly for­bids the ex­e­cu­tion of any­one un­der 18 at the time of their al­leged crime and also pro­hibits the ex­e­cu­tion of breast­feed­ing moth­ers.

There are 342 peo­ple cur­rently sen­tenced to death in the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to the rights group.

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