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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Universal Periodic Review - Death Penalty - March 2021

Date: March 25, 2021
Document: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Universal Periodic Review - Death Penalty - March 2021
Country: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Death Penalty , International Advocacy
Mechanism: Universal Periodic Review
Report Type: Stakeholder Report

Stakeholder Report for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review

Partners: The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, The Greater Caribbean for Life

This report addresses St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ compliance with its human rights obligations with regard to the death penalty and related issues. St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been observing a de facto moratorium on executions since 1995; this status, however, should not suggest that the government opposes the death penalty. One individual remains on death row and the death penalty remains a possible punishment for multiple crimes, including crimes that do not involve intentional killing. Further, St. Vincent and the Grenadines has failed to implement several recommendations from the 2016 Universal Periodic Review, including relating to detention conditions, due process, and statistical reporting of information relating to the country’s prison system. The legislature also recently passed a law that significantly curtails freedom of the press and the rights of individuals to criticize the government.