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Inews Guyana

11th June 2015

By Leroy Smith

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams says the enforcement of the death penalty is not something that is being seriously considered by the APNU+AFC government.

Some sections of society have been calling for the death penalty, which is enshrined in the constitution, to be enforced especially when there are cases of gruesome murders.

According to Williams, the death penalty is something that most countries in other parts of the world are looking to abolish and he does not see Guyana moving in the opposite direction.

Guyana last executed a death row prisoner in 1997. Over the last few years human rights groups and other bodies have been lobbying Guyana to abolish several antiquated laws, including buggery.

The number of countries executing prisoners is on the decline, but still thousands remain on death row, often in appalling conditions and without access to legal services. The United Nations (UN) has said that the death penalty has no place in the 21st century.

Guyana has approximately 30 persons on death row.