End death penalty
A EUROPEAN DIPLOMAT has repeated a call for the abolition of the death penalty in Barbados.
“We went to the maximum security prison and we heard about death row, where there are eight people sitting at the moment,” ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Mikael Barfod said today.
“It reminded me that no one had been executed in Barbados in 28 years and it would be very easy to regularize this by simply abolishing the death penalty in Barbados. Death penalty is still in your books, which is apart from many countries including every single EU country…
“So therefore I would like to make another call for fresh reflection on this issue here in Barbados and I think it is something very appropriate to think about on Human Rights Day, or the day hereafter.”
He was speaking after a press conference following a tour of Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds today.
Barfod added that even serious criminals could be rehabilitated, “once resources were available to help them”. (LW)