DRC Government Announces Reinstatement of Death Penalty

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The government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has declared an end to the moratorium on the death penalty, paving the way for the resumption of capital punishment. Executions could be carried out, notably against military personnel found guilty of treason and perpetrators of “urban banditry resulting in loss of life.”

This decision, outlined in a circular signed Wednesday by Minister of Justice Rose Mutombo, lifts the moratorium on the execution of the death penalty dating back to 2003, as stated in the document.

This announcement marks a significant policy shift in the DRC’s approach to capital punishment, raising important questions about the administration of justice and human rights in the country.


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