Amnesty International Annual Report 2011 - Benin
|Publication Date||13 May 2011|
|Cite as||Amnesty International, Amnesty International Annual Report 2011 - Benin, 13 May 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4dce157dc.html [accessed 4 July 2015]|
Head of state and government: Thomas Boni Yayi
Death penalty: abolitionist in practice
Population: 9.2 million
Life expectancy: 62.3 years
Under-5 mortality (m/f): 123/118 per 1,000
Adult literacy: 40.8 per cent
Freedom of expression and assembly was restricted. At least one person was sentenced to death. Prison conditions remained poor due to overcrowding.
Freedom of expression and assembly
In October, the Ministry of Interior banned all demonstrations calling for information on the whereabouts of Pierre Urbain Dangnivo, a Ministry of Finance official who disappeared in August. Suspicions about the possible involvement of government officials in his disappearance provoked protests from the press, civil society and opposition political parties. An official inquiry failed to clarify his fate by the end of the year. Many civil society groups, including trade unions, denounced restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly.
In May, Susanne Lanmanchion was sentenced to death in her absence by the Assize Court of Abomey (in the centre of the country) for killing her mother.
Prisons remained overcrowded. The prison of Cotonou (the main city) held six times its capacity, resulting in harsh conditions. of the 2,500 inmates held, 80 per cent were in pre-trial detention.