Rwanda has abolished the death penalty. The discussion has been under way for some time, as the BBC reported last year:
The leaders of Rwanda's ruling party have endorsed a proposal to abolish the death penalty, which may encourage the transfer of genocide suspects in exile. The political bureau of the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) backed the decision at a meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame. Many countries refuse to extradite criminal suspects to states which use torture and execution.
Survivors opposed the measure, but it passed last Friday, with a vote of 45-5. Thirty legislators were absent from the session.
Rwanda: Country Scraps Death Penalty [AllAfrica.com]
[Image of Rwandan child by genvessel via Flickr.]