BARBADOS

 

In the context of the UPR, Amnesty International makes the following recommendations to Barbados:

The death penalty:

•    To immediately establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty, in line with UN General Assembly resolutions 62/149 of 18 December 2007, 63/168 of 18 December 2008 and 65/206 of 21 December 2010;
•    To commute without delay all death sentences to terms of imprisonment;
•    To immediately remove all provisions in national laws which are in breach of international human rights law, in particular by abolishing all provisions which provide for mandatory death sentences;
•    To ensure rigorous compliance in all death penalty cases with international standards for fair trial;
•    To ratify without reservations the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty.

 

Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons:
•    To repeal all provisions that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct, including in the Sexual Offences Act;
•    To enhance access of men who have sex with men (MSM) to HIV/AIDS prevention services;
•    To establish and implement policies and initiatives to address discrimination, prejudice and violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity;
•    To acknowledge that LGBT persons are at risk of greater discrimination, prejudice and violence because of the existence of laws criminalizing consensual same-sex activity.

 

Ratification of international human rights treaties:
•    To ratify the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment; the Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance; and the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.

 

 

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Barbados: Amnesty International's submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

 

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