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Moving beyond the death penalty

For Release Upon Receipt - October 4, 2012

St. Augustine

The Institute of International Relations (IIR), at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus, hosts a panel discussion titled, “Not the solution: moving beyond the death penalty debate in Trinidad and Tobago”. This event is carded for Friday 5th October, 2012, from 5-8pm, at the UWI’s Faculty of Law Lecture Theatre.  

The panel discussion will address the failure of the death penalty as a crime prevention method and hopes to unearth effective solutions for improving public security and valuing a restorative approach to the administration of justice. It is a collaborative effort among the IIR, Greater Caribbean for Life, the Catholic Commission for Social Justice, the Doh Do Death Project (organized by ‘A Bleeding Heart’) and Amnesty International.  

Dr. Anthony Gonzales, Interim Director, IIR, will open the event and provide welcome remarks. Panellists include Ms. Catherine Ali, Chair 14th International Conference on Penal Abolition (ICOPA); Rev. G. Ruth Greaves, Founder of “Awake Deborah,” support group for women homicide co-victims; Mr. Gregory Delzin, Attorney-at-Law and anti-death penalty activist; Mr. Gordon Husbands, Executive Director, Penal Reform and Transformation Unit, Ministry of Justice; Mr. Chiara Sangiorgio, Campaigner for the abolition of the death penalty at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International; and Mr. James Burke, Campaigner for the Caribbean Team at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International.

This event is free and open to the public. Persons interested in attending are invited to send an e-mail to the Co-ordinating Committee at

For more information contact Annita Montoute, IIR, at 662-2002 ext. 83239.


  • Annita Montoute, IIR

  • Tel.: 662-2002 ext. 83239
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