Dominica to participate in conference on death penalty

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 248 Views   one comment (Photo credit: has been invited to participate in the Delegation of the European Union and the British High Commission’s Caribbean Regional Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty.Fr Franklyn Cuffy, a representative of the Social Justice and Peace Committee, has been invited to represent Dominica at the conference scheduled for 23 -24 November 2015 at the Arthur Chung International Conference Centre in Guyana.Among the other invited guests are CARICOM Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,Deputy Head of Division for the Caribbean, European External Action Service, Mr Fernando Ponz Cantó; Secretary General, International Commission Against the Death Penalty (ICDP), Dr. Asunta Vivó Cavaller; and UK All Party Parliamentary Committee on Abolition of the Death Penalty, Lord Navnit Dholakia.The European Union, the leading institutional actor and largest donor to the fight against the death penalty, holds a “strong and principled position” against the death penalty and its abolition is a key objective for the EU’s human rights policy. “Of course the church’s position towards death penalty is that we think it should be abolished,” Fr Cuffy said in an interview with Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 17 November 2015. The death penalty is still on the law books in Dominica but it was last implemented several decades ago.“Yes, of course, there may be extreme cases if the person who committed the act, you know, is a threat to society, of course the person has to be dealt with, but we do not think, history has shown that the death penalty of capital punishment has not served the purpose that it was intended for,” Fr Cuffy continued.The European Union’s policy on the death penalty is that it is cruel and inhuman, and has not been shown in any way to act as a deterrent to crime. It also regards the abolition of the death penalty as essential for the protection of human dignity, as well as for the progressive development of human rights.“In my personal opinion, I do not think the capital punishment really serves any purposes. Again, saying this at a time when the terrorist are carrying out such terrible acts as we see in Paris, France, again this is very challenging in itself,” Fr Cuffy noted.Fr Cuffy said he is happy to be part of that conference “and I think it would be good for us and the whole purpose of this conference is to challenge the countries where we still have the capital punishment on our law books”.In 2013, Amnesty International, a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories, called on Dominica to lead on the abolition of the death penalty in the region.Chiara Sangiorgio, while visiting Dominica, said Dominica should lead the discussion since there’s been only one execution and the crime rate is really low. Tweetcenter_img Share Share LocalNews Dominica to participate in conference on death penalty by: Dominica Vibes News – November 17, 2015last_img

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