South Sudan is urged to stop using death penalty

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Associated Press

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 10 at 9:04 AM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan was one of 111 countries to vote in favor of a United Nations resolution last year calling for a moratorium in the death penalty, but that is little comfort to Abdallah Boaz.

Boaz is one of more than 200 prisoners on death row in the world's newest country. He was convicted of murder in January 2012, shortly after a corpse was found outside his home. Boaz told The Associated Press in an interview from prison that he couldn't understand the court proceedings because they were in Arabic and he couldn't afford a lawyer.

The human rights group Amnesty International on Wednesday urged South Sudan to stop using the death penalty in an annual report that found a global trend toward ending the death penalty is continuing.

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