PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 9, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government has blanked a request from the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for it and several other several Caribbean countries to impose a moratorium in the application of the death penalty.
Attorney General Andand Ramlogan said Thursday that the four-party coalition government is committed to carrying out the death penalty for people convicted of murder.
"I do not think that the Government will be in support of the abolition of the death penalty," Ramlogan said, adding “what we are in support of, which was reflected in the Constitutional Amendment (Capital Offences) Bill which we tabled in Parliament (in 2011) and provided for the categorisation of murders.
In a statement to coincide with the release of its latest publication titled “The Death Penalty in the Inter-American Human Rights System: From Restrictions to Abolition”, the IACHR said that it had examined the death penalty situation in nine-member states during the last 15 years.
It said the countries involved are Barbados, Cuba, Guatemala, Guyana, Granada, Jamaica, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.
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