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Human rights commission wants entire Caribbean to follow Suriname’s lead

first_img Share 56 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsPrintRegional Human rights commission wants entire Caribbean to follow Suriname’s lead by: Caribbean 360 – October 12, 2015 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share WASHINGTON, United States, Monday October 12, 2015 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called on all Caribbean countries to take a page from Suriname’s book and take the death penalty off the statute books.The call came in an IACHR statement to mark 2015 World Day Against the Death Penalty on Saturday.After voting last December in favour of a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, Suriname’s Parliament approved the abolition under a new Criminal Code in March this year.“Suriname’s decision marks a very important step forward – one the IACHR applauds and hopes will become an example for the countries in the region that still have capital punishment,” said the Organization of American States’ human rights body.“The Commission notes that the elimination of the death penalty in Suriname’s Criminal Code represents an opportunity for the Caribbean countries to make significant progress in guaranteeing human rights in the region.”The IACHR also stressed the need for countries that still allow for capital punishment in their legislation to move toward the goal of abolishing the death penalty throughout the region or at least imposing a moratorium on its application.It further invited states that have not yet done so, to ratify the Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty.last_img

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