Hate speech bill: UN opposes the death penalty

Hate speech bill: UN opposes the death penalty

- The United Nations (UN) has reacted to the hate bill that proposes capital punishment

- The UN's deputy secretary-general, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, said that while laws can be made against hate speech, the death penalty should be frowned at

- Hajiya also said that all over the world, countries have checks and balances for injurious verbal expressions

Added to the many reactions that have greeted it so far, the embattled hate speech bill has also got the attention of the United Nations (UN).

The UN's deputy secretary-general, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, on Tuesday, November 26, said that while the move against hate speech is commendable, the death penalty aspect of the proposed bill should be scrapped, Daily Trust reports.

Hajiya made this comment as she led a delegation on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed, meets wiht President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House on Tuesday, November 26. Photo: Presidency

Hate speech bill: UN opposes the death penalty
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She said: "...the way the legislation is being followed to try to put that in place, I think is commendable. We, of course, did not support the death penalty...

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"I am also happy to see...that that portion was taken out of the legislation that was being put forward. The Secretary-General had also put in place a special ending on hate speech.”

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The UN's deputy secretary-general also said that at both the international and regional levels, hate speech is not only frowned at but also checked by various legislative means.

Hate speech bill: UN opposes the death penalty

Pres. Buhari with UN representatives Edward Kallon, Amina Mohammed, Comfort Lamptey and Mohammed Yahaya.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, who is the sponsor of the bill seeking to check hate speech, had reportedly given in to the agitations by Nigerians that the death penalty will be amended.

The senator, who is the deputy chief whip of the upper legislative chamber, made this known in a statement released on Sunday, November 24.

According to the statement, the lawmaker, who is representing Niger North senatorial district, said the bill will be modified to reflect the views and wishes of Nigerians before it is passed into law.

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