change language
you are in: home - press review newslettercontact uslink

Support the Community

  

Nyasa Times

December 1 2013

Catholic group calls for abolition of death penalty in Malawi

 
printable version
Malawi should abolish the death penalty because it is barbaric and inhuman, the Community of Sant’Egidio, a Christian community that is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as a “Church public lay association” has said.

Under the Cities for life programme, the Community has embarked on a campaign to force government to end the death penalty.

During a recent public debate held at St Johns Nursing School hall in Mzuzu, participants noted that the presence of the death penalty on the country’s penal code did not augur well with the famous mantra of ‘Malawi as a God fearing and Christian nation’.

Although Malawi retains the death penalty it has not carried out an execution since 1992.

Ironically, many people in Malawi support the retention and implementation of capital punishment, according to a study by the Malawi Law Commission.

Scholista Nthala turning biblical said taking someone’s life is a direct violation of biblical teachings.

“The death penalty is despicable because many people that end on the death row are poor and cannot afford lawyers to argue their cases. Therefore the state may end up executing innocent people,” Nthala said.

The Community of Sant’Egidio chairperson for the north Peter Mumba said the death penalty violates human rights.

“They are many alternatives to punish murderers and we would want government to scrap this piece of legislations immediately,” Mumba said.

Although Malawi has been a party to the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) since 1993, it has neither signed nor ratified the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR aiming at the abolition of the death penalty (1989).

Malawi has also abstained from voting in both the 2007 and 2008 UN General Assembly Resolutions on the adoption of a moratorium on the use of the death penalty.
 
By Collins Mtika
 

 ALSO READ
• NEWS
December 12 2017
BLANTYRE, MALAWI

The new church in the House of Friendship of the Community of Sant’Egidio in Blantyre has been inaugurated.

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | NL | PL | HU
October 27 2017
BLANTYRE, MALAWI

From the abyss to the light after 10 years: the true story of an injustice redeemed through love in Malawi

IT | EN | ES
October 18 2017

THANKS to all those who signed the appeal for Anthony Shore: his execution was stopped tonight. Let's keep signing the appeal

IT | EN | DE
October 9 2017

On 15th World Day Against the Death Penalty let us visit the poorest convicts in Africa

IT | EN | DE | ID
July 12 2017
LILONGWE, MALAWI

Let's fill the gap with the poor: Sant'Egidio in Lilongwe renewes the commitment of the poorest in Malawi

IT | EN | ES | DE | NL | ID
June 19 2017
ROME, ITALY

Central African Republic: an agreement for immediate cease-fire and a road map to peace was signed at Sant'Egidio

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | CA | NL | RU | HU
all news
• PRINT
February 23 2018
Avvenire

A spasso per Milano aiutando l'Africa

February 18 2018
Vaticannews

Appello della Chiesa Usa per salvare la vita di due condannati a morte

January 23 2018
Avvenire

Sviluppo. Alfano: «La Cooperazione è tornata al centro dell'agenda politica»

January 18 2018
Famiglia Cristiana

Europa e Africa, un destino comune

January 15 2018
Corriere.it

Lamiabuonanotizia. Le mamme rom aiutano quelle d’Africa

January 7 2018
OnuItalia

Alfano chiude missione in Africa al centro ‘Dream’ di Conakry (sant’Egidio)

all press releases
• NO DEATH PENALTY
September 23 2015

Pope Francis calls on Congress to end the death penalty. "Every life is sacred", he said

March 11 2015
Associated Press

Death penalty: a look at how some US states handle execution drug shortage

March 4 2015
Associated Press

Nitrogen gas executions approved by Oklahoma House

February 27 2015
AP

US Supreme Court won't lift stay in Florida execution

February 27 2015
Reuters

Australian PM strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

February 24 2015
Reuters

Saudi court gives death penalty to man who renounced his Muslim faith

February 20 2015
Reuters

Indonesia recalls envoy to Brazil amid row over execution

February 14 2015

Archbishop Chaput applauds Penn. governor for halt to death penalty

go to no death penalty
• DOCUMENTS

''Entente de Sant'Egidio'': Political Agreement for Peace in the Central African Republic

all documents

PHOTOS

379 visits

368 visits

301 visits

371 visits

305 visits
all the related media