Opinions & Features April 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm

These 5 African countries carried out executions in 2018

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor April 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm

April 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Opinions & Features

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A child was among eight people executed in 2018. Pic credit: radiotamazuj.org

South Sudan

South Sudan imposed at least eight death sentences and executed at least seven people, sources told Amnesty International. This is the highest number recorded by the rights group, in any year, since the country gained independence in 2011. At least one was a child at the time of the crime. Four of the executions, including the individual known to have been under the age of 18 at the time of the crime, were carried out in Wau Central Prison between May and October 2018. At least three people are known to have been executed in Juba between July and October 2018. The person below the age of 18, at the time of the crime, was executed in Wau the day after he was transferred to the prison. At the end of the year, at least 345 people were under sentence of death, and they may be at risk of execution, Amnesty said.

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