Local statement on the execution of Mr Mooketsi Kgosibodiba.
The European Union Delegation, the EU Heads of Mission in Botswana and the Heads of Mission of Australia and Canada accredited to Botswana issue the following statement:
In light of the execution of Mr Mooketsi Kgosibodiba, which took place on 2nd December 2019, the European Union, Australia and Canada reaffirm their strong opposition to capital punishment in all circumstances.
The death penalty is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to deter criminal behaviour and which represents a grave denial of human dignity and integrity. Any miscarriage of justice – which is inevitable in any legal system – is irreversible. Death has no appeal, which is why most of the countries in the world have stopped applying it. The African Continent has joined the growing trend towards abolition of the death penalty worldwide with 80% of the members of the African Union having already abolished the death penalty in law or in practice.
We continue to call on Botswana to initiate a public debate on its use of the death penalty, as the Government of Botswana has already agreed in the Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council in January 2018. We stand ready to share our experience with the process of abolishing the death penalty.