Vanuatu Government Urged To Rethink Capital Punishment

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Transparency group reminds Vanuatu committed to UN rules

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, August 12, 2013) – Transparency International Vanuatu is calling on the government to urgently rethink plans to bring in the death penalty.

Last month after several murders, the then Minister for Justice and Community Services, Silas Yatan, said the government may embrace the death penalty.

His call was later backed by the council of chiefs.

But TIV says the people need to be aware that Vanuatu has committed to a number of United Nations Conventions and allowing the death penalty would contravene these.

The watchdog group says the government, local organizations and individual citizens must ensure that the country does not take such a backward step.

It says it is vital the judiciary and police are properly strengthened and able to undertake their roles to protect everyone and stop violent crimes from escalating, while protecting everyone’s human rights.

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