Barbados Rejects Proposal To End Death Penalty For Children
Last week, the group of Latin American and Caribbean states rejected a proposal from the European Union to call for an immediate suspension of all juvenile executions, pending abolition through legal reform, even though none of the countries in the region has carried out such executions since at least 1990. The group also rejected a proposal for a report from the UN secretary-general on compliance with the absolute ban on the juvenile death penalty in international law. Barbados was one of the most vocal opponents of the proposals.
“It’s simply baffling that Latin American and Caribbean states would block efforts to end the execution of children,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate at Human Rights Watch. “None of these countries have executed juvenile offenders for years. Why would they possibly defend this practice?”
… the above is from a Human Rights Watch press release available at the end of this BFP article.
Barbados Once Again Sides With Iran Against Human Rights!
In December of 2006, Barbados abstained from a UN Resolution citing Iran for human rights violations against women.
We were disgusted and said so in our article…
At the time in 2006, Barbados abstained from voting to cite Iran for torture, floggings, amputations as punishment, discrimination and violence against women – and executions of children like Ateqeh Rajabi. THEN… after the vote against Iranian Human Rights Violations passed… Barbados voted to protect Iran from sanctions over human rights violations!
Same Old, Same Old – Thompson & Arthur/Mottley Government Vote For Iranian Torture Of Women & Children
It looks like the change of government in Barbados didn’t make a difference to how we vote at the United Nations. We again sided with some of the most brutal regimes on the planet over their practice of executing children. We just had a big deal in the Barbados papers about “Stopping Violence Against Women” but judging by our latest moves at the United Nations and in staying rape charges – Barbados is all phony talk.
For the love of our country and our women and children, will Prime Minister David Thompson please explain why we once again sided with Iran and refused to say that hanging a 16 year old girl for having sex outside of marriage is a bad thing?
Here is 16 year old Ateqeh Rajabi being executed in Iran for having sex outside of marriage.
Owen Arthur & Mia Mottley voted for it.
David Thompson voted for it.
Welcome to Barbados – give us oil and then hang all the children you want. Just give us oil…
Human Rights Watch: UN Urged To Ban Executions Of Juvenille Offenders
Human Rights Watch media release about Barbados follows…
For Immediate Release… Continue reading