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In comparison to other African Nations, respect for human rights in Benin is generally above average; the US state department considered that "The government generally respected the human rights of its citizens"[1] although international observers have noted a lack of detailsd statistical data on the enjoyment of human rights[2] In 2007 the Ibrahim Index of African Governance ranked Benin 11th of 53 countries for its human rights record.[3] . About a third of the population live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day.[4] which poses challenges to the realisation of Economic, social and cultural rights and the United Nations Committee of Economic Social and Cultural Rights noted numerous concerns related to chronic malnutrition, high unemployment and frequent abuse of children often associated with poverty [2] The death penalty has been abolished in practise and the 2009 report of the United Nations Human Rights Council#Universal Periodic Review Working group reccomened that benin ratify the second optional prop International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to abolish it in law. The 2009 Amnesty International report into noted that prison conditions in Benin fall short of international standards, with severe overcrowding [5]


  1. ^ "2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices". US Department of State: Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, And Labor. February 25, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2010.  
  2. ^ a b [1], 40th Session of UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural rights
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  4. ^ Human Development Indices, Table 3: Human and income poverty, p. 35. Retrieved on 1 June 2009
  5. ^ "Amnesty International Counrty Report on Benin 2009". Retrieved 11th January 2010.  


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