Amnistía Internacional solicita a Granada abolir la pena de muerte y despenalizar las relaciones entre personas del mismo sexo

Grenada urged to abolish death penalty and to decriminalize same-sex relations

Amnesty International has welcomed Grenada’s acceptance of recommendations to ratify a number of international human rights treaties, including the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and notes its request for assistance from the international community in implementing these. The organization encouraged Grenada to continue to work toward ratification while availing itself of technical and financial support from the United Nations as necessary.

Amnesty International said it is disappointed, however, that Grenada has failed to accept recommendations to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at abolition of the death penalty. The organization welcomed the de facto moratorium on the death penalty and the fact that, since the end of 2013, there has been no one on death row, when the sentence of the last remaining prisoner under sentence of death was commuted.

However, Amnesty International said it deeply regrets Grenada’s rejection of recommendations to introduce a moratorium on executions and to reform domestic legislation on the death penalty. The organization urged the government to reconsider these recommendations and to establish a de jure moratorium on the death penalty with a view to its abolishment.

Amnesty International added that it is seriously concerned that Grenada has rejected a large number of recommendations on the rights of LGBTI persons, including to repeal all legislation criminalizing same-sex sexual relations and to include sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited grounds for discrimination.

Amnesty International has repeatedly voiced concern that legislation remains in place that criminalizes consensual same sex relations, in violation of Grenada’s international human rights obligations, including under Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The organization called on Grenada to bring domestic legislation in line with international human rights obligations, and to end all discrimination against LGBTI persons.

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