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Human Rights in Benin

Human Rights Concerns

As recently as 2010, several demonstrations have been banned in Benin. Prison conditions remained poor due to overcrowding.

Benin is an abolitionist country in practice. According to official records, the last execution was carried out in 1987. Despite the reduction over the years in the number of executions and death sentences, the death penalty is still provided for in the Beninese criminal code. At least five people were sentenced to death in 2010.

Benin Newsroom



February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 16, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Benin 2013

REPUBLIC OF BENIN Head of state Thomas Boni Yayi Head of government Pascal Koupaki Freedom of expression In September, a private television channel, Canal 3, was interrupted for a few days following statements by Lionel Agbo, a former adviser to President Boni Yayi, accusing the Head of State of corruption. The state television justified this …

March 19, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Benin 2010

Head of state and government Thomas Boni Yayi Death penalty abolitionist in practice Population 8.9 million Life expectancy 61 years Under-5 mortality (m/f) 123/118 per 1,000 Adult literacy 40.5 per cent Several demonstrations were banned. At least one person died in detention reportedly as a result of illtreatment. Prison conditions remained poor due to overcrowding. …