Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, has called on the local media to help raise public consciousness to bring about the abolition of the death penalty.
The outspoken Attorney at Law spoke as the World on 10 October 2015, observes the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty.
The day has been dedicated to raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for drug-related offences, to reduce its use.
“ The death penalty does not stop drug crimes. In some parts of the world drug crimes are punished by execution and we are focusing on that this year to bring about the abolition of the death penalty,” Francis told the Times.
“ We know that in the Caribbean there is a moratorium so to speak, but the awareness and advocacy must be carried on so that eventually the Caribbean comes on board as an area in which the death penalty is abolished because the death penalty does not solve crimes, it is very inhuman,” she asserted.
Running against the abolitionist worldwide movement, many countries added the death penalty for drug crimes in their legal system between 1980 and 2000.
This trend is however reported to be going down today.