Release Date: 9th November 2018.
LEDAP URGES NIGERIA TO VOTE FOR MORATORIUM ON DEATH PENALTY AT UNGA SESSION.
The Legal Defence and Assistance Project- LEDAP in a letter to the Attorney General of the Federation, dated 9th October 2018, is advocating for Nigeria to vote in favour of the proposed resolution of the Third Committee of UNGA on Moratorium on the use of the death penalty, at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
This is in line with the call by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Right (African commission) at its 44th Ordinary Session in Abuja Nigeria, on state parties to the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (African Charter), to observe a moratorium on death penalty.
The Federal Government of Nigeria already has an informal policy on moratorium on execution of death sentences, which policy was restated in the Nigeria’s submission to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nigeria in 2009 and in 2013. However Nigeria needs to take a firmer stand on the preservation of the sanctity of Human lives, and stand with the rest of the pro-life, pro-abolition governments to support the UNGA moratorium resolution.
LEDAP is a non-governmental organization working for the promotion and protection of human rights Nigeria and is also the chair of the Nigerian anti-Death Penalty Group, which is a coa
lition of civil society organizations working to encourage the abolition of the use of death penalty in Nigeria.
LEDAP-Legal Defence and Assistance Project,