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Trinidad and Tobago: New bill would make the constitution inconsistent with human rights and pave the way to executions

, Index number: AMR 49/001/2011

Trinidad and Tobago, along with all independent English speaking Caribbean countries, retains the death penalty. Even though death sentences continue to be handed out, no execution has been carried out in Trinidad and Tobago since 1999. On 14 January 2011, the Trinidad and Tobago government submitted a bill for approval by the Parliament aimed at reforming the Constitution in relation to the implementation of the death penalty. Amnesty International is concerned that the adoption of the bill could result in the resumption of executions after a 12-years’ hiatus.

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