The European Union, in cooperation with the British High Commission and the International Commission against the Death Penalty,organized a Caribbean regional conference consisting of keynote speeches and a number of panel discussion on aspects of abolition of the death penalty.
Participants in the conference include Lord Navnit Dholakia, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Abolition of the Death Penalty; Ms Ruth Wijdenbosch, former Deputy Chair of the National Assembly of Suriname; Ms Asunta Vivó Cavaller, Secretary-General, International Commission against the Death Penalty; as well as representatives from organisations such as Greater Caribbean for Life, Guyana Human Rights Association, Justice Institute Guyana, Human Rights Commission Belize, Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains Haiti, World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. The Ministry of Governance within the Ministry of the Presidency of Guyana was also among the participants.
Participants in the conference represent the whole Caribbean region as well as other parts of the world – demonstrating that there is a strong and continuing trend towards the abolition of the death penalty in all regions of the world and that it is time for the Caribbean region to join this trend and become a death penalty free zone.
Honourable Raphael Trotman, Minister of Governance within the Ministry of the Presidency
His Excellency Jernej Videtič , Ambassador of the European Union
Mr Fernando Ponz Cantó, Deputy Head of Division for the Caribbean, European External Action Service
Lord Navnit Dholakia, UK All Party Parliamentary Committee on Abolition of the Death Penalty
Asunta Vivó Cavaller, Secretary General (ICDP)
From left to right: Dr Rajiv Narayan Senior Policy adviser (ICDP), Dr. Ruth Wijdenbosch (Former Vice Chair of the National Assembly in Suriname), Ms Marie Yolene Gilles (Réseau National de Défense des Droits Humains, Haiti) Mr Edgardo Román (World Coalition for the Abolition of the Death Penalty)
From left to right: Ms Melinda Janki (Justice Institute), Ms Leela Maria Goretti Ramdeen (Greater Caribbean for Life), Lord Navnit Dholakia (UKAPG) and Mr Andrew Pilgrim (Barbados)
Mr Derek Lambe, Head of Political, Press and Information, EU Delegation Guyana and Asunta Vivó Cavaller (Secretary General, ICDP)
For further information, please see press release attached.
For further information, please find attached the programme of the conference.
For conclusion and recommendations, please find attached.
For media coverage, please find attached.