Parliament passes Criminal Offences Amendment Act to replaces death penalty with Life Sentence.

Parliament of Ghana has successfully passed the Criminal Offences Amendment Act, 2022, putting an end to the use of the death penalty in the country.

The Act, which aims to replace the death penalty with a life sentence, comes as a response to calls from human rights activists who have long argued that capital punishment is irreversible and too final.

The death penalty in Ghana was historically imposed for convictions related to murder, attempted murder, genocide, piracy, and smuggling of gold or diamonds, but no execution has taken place since 1993, and the latest legislative change marks a significant shift in the country’s approach to criminal punishment.

The passage of the bill has been met with celebration among members of Parliament, signaling a progressive step towards justice reform in Ghana.

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