The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has Yesterday welcomed the move Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta took to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment, removing 2,747 convicts from death row.
‘’We welcome the decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta this week to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment, removing 2,747 convicts from death row, including 2,655 men and 92 women’’ Ravina Shamdasani the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in statement in Geneva
Shamdasani said Article 6 (4) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Kenya ratified in 1972, states that anyone sentenced to death shall have the right to seek pardon or commutation of the sentence.
‘’We hope that Kenya will build on the momentum created by Monday’s mass commutation and work towards establishing an official moratorium on the death penalty, aiming at its full abolition for all crimes’’ the spokes Person said ‘’ Kenya has not implemented death penalty sentences since 1987 and it accepted recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review in 2015 to establish a moratorium and work towards abolition of capital punishment’’
Adding ‘’We hope Kenya’s initiatives will inspire other States to push forward with efforts to abolish the death penalty, joining the 106 other countries that have rid themselves of this inhumane practice’’
The UN rights body said they stand ready to continue to support all efforts in this direction.