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Mauritania: Mandatory Death Penalty for Blasphemy

Mauritania: Mandatory Death Penalty for Blasphemy

Country: 
Mauritania
News Date: 
22/09/2018
Lancastrian
Summary: 

The National Assembly passed a law on April 27, 2018 that replaces article 306 of the Criminal Code and makes death penalty mandatory for anyone convicted of “blasphemous speech” and acts deemed “sacrilegious.” The new law eliminates the possibility under article 306 of substituting prison terms for the death penalty for certain apostasy-related crimes if the offender promptly repents. The law also extends the scope of application of the death penalty to “renegade acts.”