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Human rights groups come out against reviving hanging

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:04 PM

Two human rights groups have come out against a proposal by Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, to revive hanging in Jamaica.

In a joint statement, Stand Up for Jamaica and Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) said re-instituting the death penalty is not the answer for curbing the country’s crime problem.

Stand Up for Jamaica’s Executive Director, Maria Carla Gullotta, has taken issue with the national security minister’s comments arguing that they could have serious implications.

Gullotta contends that the state should protect and preserve life at all cost.


Executive Director of Stand Up for Jamaica, Marla Carla Gullotta

JFJ Chairman, Horace Levy, argues that there should be a moratorium on carrying out the death penalty given the state of the justice system.

Levy stresses that the lobby group is strongly committed to the abolition of the death penalty.


JFJ Chairman, Horace Levy

Both groups argue that capital punishment is not an effective deterrent to crime and does not address the root causes of crime.

They say instead of reviving what they say is an inhumane and ineffective practice, the Government should focus on fast tracking the critical reforms needed in the justice and law enforcement systems.