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All prisoners serving life sentence in Belize to be re-sentenced following major decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice

April 2018
At least 44 prisoners currently serving life sentences in Belize will be re-sentenced following an important judgment by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). After considering reforms to the Belize Criminal Code, the CCJ has found that judges have discretion ... read more »

Split Decision (Private Eye on the JCPC’s judgment in Jay Chandler)

March 2018
As reported in Private Eye Issue No.1466 (23 March- 5 April 2018) Privy Council judges in London made the alarming decision last week not to allow an appeal by a prisoner facing execution in Trinidad – despite strong evidence that ... read more »

UK judges uphold death sentence of Trinidad prisoner despite him “more likely than not” having serious mental illness

March 2018
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) has rejected the appeal of death row prisoner Jay Chandler, despite new psychiatric evidence that he was “more likely than not” in a psychotic state at the time of the killing for ... read more »

Singapore public opinion survey shows low support for the mandatory death penalty

March 2018
Research by the National University of Singapore has revealed that the Singaporean public favours a discretionary, not a mandatory, approach to sentencing in capital cases. Face-to-face interviews were carried out with a representative sample of 1,500 Singaporean adults to ascertain ... read more »

Legal reform must be accompanied by legislative action if the death penalty is to be wiped out

February 2018
As reported in the Brussels Agenda (newsletter of the UK Law Society's Joint Brussels Office), 28 February 2018// // // For over thirty years, The Death Penalty Project has worked to protect the rights of those facing the death penalty, providing ... read more »