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Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite.
 
 
   
Gov’t looking to end mandatory death penalty
Government has taken steps to remove the mandatory death penalty as the punishment for those convicted for murder.

Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, piloting the Offences Against the Person (Amendment) Bill in the Lower House yesterday morning, explained that Barbados is only one of two countries in the English-speaking Caribbean who still have the mandatory death penalty on the statute book. Therefore, jurisprudentially, the country is on the wrong side of the law.

“Without a doubt Sir, I think that the tide against the mandatory nature of the death penalty has been swinging against countries that have maintained the mandatory nature of the death penalty for more than 50 years… And commentators argue, and have been arguing and they still argue, that the right to life is the most sacred of human rights and taking someone’s life should be used very sp...

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