An eye for an eye – the evolution of Human Rights regimes

webseite1“An eye for an eye” proclaims the Old Testament, which serves as the argument to shut down all discussions on the abolition of the death penalty in contemporary Catholic-dominated southern African states. However, EU officials proclaiming that the death penalty is not in accordance with “western values” and must be abolished as part of conditionality agreements is an imposition, not a strategy either. Europeans tend to forget what the representatives of the Southern African Legal Assistance Network (SALAN) were relieved to learn: that the death penalty was once admissible under the European Convention on Human Rights and that it took decades and public education to change European norms and values and for it to be legally abolished throughout Europe.

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