The African Challenge to Global Death Penalty Abolition

Although the influence and opinions of political elites, civil society, and the general public vary widely, the death penalty is universally in decline throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. This book explores the African contribution to the global death penalty debate and lessons for the international death penalty abolition movement.
Author(s):
Andrew Novak
book | published | 1st edition
June 2016 | xvi + 204 pp.

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‘In this impressive study Professor Novak distances himself from generalizations that have often led to wrong conclusions and undertakes an objective analysis.’
From the foreword by Dr. Aimé Muyoboke Karimunda, Justice, Supreme Court of Rwanda

Although the influence and opinions of political elites, civil society, and the general public vary widely, the death penalty is universally in decline throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Today, the death penalty is a site of accommodation and resistance to international human rights norms between African governments and the Global North. As in debates over membership in the International Criminal Court and legal protections for sexual minorities, some leaders resist death penalty abolition as “imposed” by the Global North, though the modern death penalty in Africa is a product of European colonialism. However, Sub-Saharan Africa is not a passive subject of global death penalty abolition driven by Europe. Courts around the continent have made important contributions to global death penalty jurisprudence and members of civil society have engaged in novel and successful strategies against the death penalty. In addition, precolonial notions of punishment and criminal responsibility in Africa have influenced debates over the death penalty, including whether to provide compensation to victims of crime. This book explores the African contribution to the global death penalty debate and lessons for the international death penalty abolition movement.

Chapters

Foreword, Acknowledgements, Contents, List of Abbreviations (p. 0)

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: An Overview of the Death Penalty in Sub-Saharan Africa (p. 1)

Part II: Country Studies

Chapter 2: The Gambia (p. 31)

Chapter 3: Ghana (p. 53)

Chapter 4: Botswana (p. 75)

Part II: Country Studiies

Chapter 5: Lesotho and Swaziland (p. 95)

Chapter 6: Zimbabwe (p. 119)

Chapter 7: Kenya (p. 143)

Chapter 8: Uganda (p. 171)

Index (p. 199)