“Hands off the death penalty”

Departed: Tselayarona's execution has reopened the debate
Departed: Tselayarona's execution has reopened the debate

With international entities again mounting pressure over the country’s death penalty, Mmegi surveys this week indicate that rather than turning the other cheek, Batswana are still very much in favour of “an eye for an eye”. Staff Writer, MBONGENI MGUNI reports

The execution of Joseph Tselayarona over the weekend inevitably set off fresh debate around whether the death penalty is still relevant in modern Botswana. International entities such as the European Union (EU), Amnesty International and the International Federation for Human Rights say Botswana is swimming against the tide by continuing to enforce the death penalty.

On Monday, reacting to Tselayarona’s execution, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) released a hard-hitting condemnation calling Botswana’s laws “cruel and regressive”.

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