The UK government has issued an appeal to authorities in Malawi to explore alternative ways of abolishing the death penalty, saying it undermines human dignity.
In a statement, the UK says there is no conclusive evidence of its deterrent value and any miscarriage of justice is irreversible and irreparable.
The UK supports the UN resolution for the moratorium on death penalty and advocate for the reduced use of capital punishment overseas.
The recent judgement in the Khoviwa case brought before the Supreme Court of Appeal clarified that the constitutionality of the death penalty was not part of the original case.
On April 28, 2021, the Supreme Court of Appeal found the death penalty unconstitutional in its entirety.
The court found the death penalty unconstitutional despite an explicit constitutional provision authorising it.
So far, 80% of the members of the African Union already abolished the death penalty in law or in practice, according to the UK government.