Death Penalty Outlawed In Ghana

In a landmark decision, Ghana’s Parliament has passed the Criminal Offences (Amendment) Bill 2022, effectively abolishing the death penalty from the country’s laws.

The new law empowers the President to commute death penalties into life imprisonment. The Bill was passed on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 after years of calls from human rights advocates to remove the death penalty from Ghana’s Criminal Offences Code.
Deputy Majority Leader, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, expressed his satisfaction with the passage of the bill, saying it was a major milestone and called on Ghanaians to celebrate the gesture.

He added that the death penalty had been in their statute books for over 50 years, but with the new laws, no offender would suffer punishment by death.