12 Years Without an Execution: Is Zimbabwe Ready for Abolition? A Survey of Public Attitudes Towards the Death Penalty - Mai Sato


In this report, Dr Sato investigates the strength of public opinion regarding retention of the death penalty in Zimbabwe, to interrogate the claim that the public would reject abolition. Dr Sato’s conclusion is compelling; although a small majority of Zimbabweans continue to favour the death penalty, it is evident that such support is qualified. When asked what they would do if the government abolished the death penalty, the vast majority of those who supported it said they would be willing to accept the new policy. The findings suggest that public opinion does not pose a barrier to abolition in Zimbabwe.



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