Guyana not close to abolishing the death penalty
Guyana is nowhere closer to abolishing the death penalty. Yesterday, Human Services Minister Jennifer Webster, said that nothing in her address could be construed to mean that Guyana had succumbed to pressure from the United Nations and was on the verge of abolishing the death penalty.
She said that at the meeting at which she and Education Minister Priya Manickchand represented Guyana on July 10, last, she presented a paper in which she said, “The commitments made by Guyana at the UNHRC UPR to hold consultations with regard to the abolition of corporal punishment, the abolition of the death penalty and the decriminalizing of consensual adult same-sex relations are on-going.”
Minister of Education, Manickchand has been holding consultations across the country on the issue of the abolition of corporal punishment, she said.
“The Cabinet has decided to take these three issues to the National Assembly before it goes into recess and to send them to a Parliamentary Special Select Committee which will invite and hear the views of the public.”
Minister Webster said that things like the abolition of corporal punishment and the death penalty are sensitive issues. The public feels strongly about them, she added.
Presidential Adviser Gail Teixeira will determine the way forward leading to the presentation of what is likely to be a motion to the Parliamentary Select Committee.