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Hate speech bill: UN opposes the death penalty

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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.

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…

“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.”

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

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