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U.N. rights director applauds C.A.R. ruling to terminate the death penalty

The United Nations rights director has applauded a ruling by lawmakers in the Central African Republic to terminate capital punishment in the country. No executions have been executed in C.A.R. since 1981, and last Friday, legislators ratified a new law making death verdicts unlawful.

"I applaud the adoption of legislation in the Central African Republic repealing the death penalty and motivate President Faustin-Archange Touadera to promulgate it," Michelle Bachelet, UN high commissioner for human rights, announced in a proclamation on Wednesday.

"The death sentence is inappropriate with basic human rights and dignity doctrines," she said.

Since 2013, the Central African Republic, the second-least advanced nation globally as per the U.N., has been strained by civil war. It will come to be the 24th African country to have revoked the death penalty, Bachelet remarked. Approximately 170 nations have repealed or initiated moratoria of death penalties in legislation or exercise so far. The action will further reinforce "the global movement towards widespread repeal thus contributing to the enhancement and expansion of human rights," she meant.

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