The government of Guinea had abolished the death penalty as part of the adoption of a new penal code.
This is according to a country report presented by Hon. Sory Haba, member of the Guinean delegation to the ECOWAS parliament.
According to the report, presented at Plenary, the development was in a bid to align Guinean law with international standards.
In line with this mandate the delegation announced the adoption of the law establishing parity between men and women in partially and fully elective institutions.
According to Haba; “The new Penal Code also provides for attacks on the physical or psychic integrity of a person, intentional assault and battery, abortion, rape, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual or moral harassment”.
He said that the new penal code also serves to promote the development and protection of women in harmony with the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Labour Code”.
The Guinean delegation also informed MPs about the adoption of a new Children’s Code in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child as well as the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children.
“Respecting the rights of children means giving our country a children’s Code that takes into account all the concerns of all the treaties and conventions of which the country is a stakeholder”, the lawmaker stated.
These adoptions come against the background of wide spread allegations of human rights abuse in Guinea and criticism of the Government’s consultations on tenure elongation for its executive arm.