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The Guardian, Dar es Salaam, 19 August 2004
Isles to abolish corporal punishment
By Guardian Correspondent, Zanzibar
The Zanzibar government has proposed
to abolish caning as a punishment meted out in the courts of law,
saying it is an abuse of human rights.
Attorney General Idd Pandu Hassan told reporters yesterday that
his office was working on some changes that aims to delete
corporal punishment, adding that the amendments would probably be
tabled in the House of Representatives in October.
Caning contravenes the 1984 Zanzibar Constitution, he said,
adding "We are determined to scrap off this law because it
contravenes the principles of human rights as provided for in our
The government conducted a survey and collected views from people
and organisations. Many were opposed to the punishment, he said.
Many countries have abolished the punishment, after realizing
that it contradicts the people's basic rights, the
Attorney General said.
On the death penalty, Pandu said the current laws would not be
repealed although some countries have abolished it.
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