Human Rights Activist, Mary Francis, has vowed to step up efforts locally to get the death penalty scrapped.
Francis, who is an Attorney at Law, returned home recently from a Caribbean Regional Conference on the Abolition of the Death Penalty.
It was held in Guyana and sponsored by the European Union and the British High Commission.
Francis has observed that the Caribbean is one of the few remaining regions of the world where the Death Penalty is retained, despite the fact that a de facto moratorium on execution of persons convicted of murder presently exists.
“The message to Saint Lucia and other Caribbean Governments is that the right to life cannot be promoted by taking life and on this issue they must show leadership,” she has asserted.
Among the conclusions of the Guyana conference was that the death penalty, which is irreversible, brings a risk of executing innocent people.
Participants also agreed that the death penalty is often used in a disproportional manner against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic, political and religious groups.
In addition, they concluded that the death penalty is incompatible with human rights and human dignity.