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Jamaica: Further information. Death Penalty/Legal Concern: Deon McTaggart, Andrew Perkins

, Index number: AMR 38/009/1999

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 38/09/99
10 May 1999
Further information on EXTRA 57/99 (AMR 38/08/99, 6 May 1999) - Death Penalty
/ Legal Concern
JAMAICADeon McTaggart
Andrew Perkins
Deon McTaggart and Andrew Perkins, who were scheduled to hang on 13 May 1999,
have both been granted 10 day stays of execution by the Jamaican High Court.
The court granted the stays on 12 May after lawyers representing the two men
filed motions to the court challenging the constitutionality of the executions.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please continue to send telegrams/faxes/
express/airmail letters and e-mails in English or your own language:
- urging the government to commute the death sentence of Andrew Perkins in accordance
with the recommendations of the Human Rights Committee, and reminding the government
that not to do so would violate Article 6 of the ICCPR;
- urging the government to commute the death sentence of Deon McTaggart on
humanitarian grounds, reminding the government that the Human Rights Committee ruled
that his rights had been violated;
- reminding the government that it is still obliged to provide an effective remedy
to people whose rights under the ICCPR have been violated, and to take account of
the Human Rights Committee’s recommendations in individual cases;
- expressing sympathy for the victims of violent crime and their relatives, but
voicing opposition to the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right
to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment;
- stating the death penalty has never been shown to deter crime more effectively
than other punishment and brutalizes all involved in its application;
- stating that imposing the death penalty does not necessarily alleviate the suffering
of the victims of violent crime;
- stating that execution is irrevocable and, despite the most stringent judicial
safeguards, can be inflicted on the innocent.
APPEALS TO:
Prime Minister The Rt Hon P. J. Patterson, PC, QC, MP, Office of the Prime Minister,
Jamaica House, 1 Devon Road, Kingston 6, Jamaica
Telegrams: Prime Minister, Kingston, Jamaica
E-mails: jis@jamaica-info.com
Faxes: + 1 876 929 0005
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Attorney General The Hon A. J. Nicholson, Attorney General’s Department
79-83 Barry St., PO Box 456, Kingston, Jamaica
Telegrams: Attorney General, Kingston, Jamaica
Faxes: + 1 876 922 5109
Salutation: Dear Attorney General
Governor General H E The Most Honorable Sir Howard Cooke, ON, GCMG, GCVD, CD, Office
of the Governor General, King's House, Hope Road, Kingston 6
Jamaica
Telegrams: Governor General, Kingston, Jamaica
Faxes: + 1 876 927 4561
Salutation: Your Excellency
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COPIES TO: Minister of Foreign Affairs The Hon Seymour Mullings, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, 21 Dominica Drive, Kingston 5, Jamaica
Faxes: + 1 876 929 6733
and to diplomatic representatives of Jamaica accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 24 June 1999.

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