The death penalty is still presented as a crime control measure in the Caribbean despite the lack of convincing evidence of its deterrent effect. Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago still retain the mandatory imposition of the death penalty for murder; in Barbados the death penalty is mandatory for treason as well. Death is the only punishment available for people convicted of these offences, independent of the defendant’s personal circumstances or other mitigating factors.
International law already holds that mandatory death sentences are unlawful. Call on these two Caribbean countries to confirm their support for international law and abolish mandatory death penalty. While no executions have been carried out in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago since 1984 and 1999 respectively, these two countries, along with Guyana, were the only ones to have imposed death sentences in the Caribbean in 2012.
Death Penalty in the English-speaking Caribbean-A human rights issue December 2012, http://bit.ly/12qEnaF
Death sentences and executions in 2012 10 April 2013 http://bit.ly/10QzRT3