Rwanda’s parliament voted late on Friday to abolish the death penalty, a move that should clear the way for suspects in the 1994 genocide to be extradited back to Rwanda.
You might think that survivors of such a horrible genocide would want to see those who victimized them put to death, but the president of a group of survivors says otherwise:
Survivors of the slaughter welcomed the decision, noting that the death penalty had existed in Rwandan law before the genocide.
“It didn’t deter people from picking up machetes to slaughter their fellows – that’s why we are not bothered by its removal,” said Theodore Simburudali, president of the Ibuka genocide survivors’ group.
So Rwanda left the fold–that still leaves the US in the company of other death penalty-wielding countries, like Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, China… But hey, there’s hope…at least Iran now exceeds the USA in number of child offenders executed since 1990. Progress!