Embassies to discuss death penalty in online forum


Ahead of World Day Against the Death Penalty 2021, the European Union in Trinidad and Tobago, alongside other embassies, will participate in an online debate on the death penalty.

In a statement, the EU said the online debate would take place on Friday, October 8 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Is the death penalty still a valid form of punishment in the 21st century? While many still believe it, there is also a growing momentum to abolish the death penalty.

“It is with this critical issue in mind that a virtual debate on the merits and drawbacks of capital punishment and its relevance in Trinidad and Tobago is being held on Friday, October 8, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Members of the public are invited to participate in this interactive dialogue, which will be webcast live on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. “

The EU said attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists – two well-known local activists on both sides of the divide. Ms. Leela Ramdeen, lawyer and president of ‘Greater Caribbean for Life’, will present the case for the abolition of the death penalty, while prominent lawyer Israel Khan will advocate for the retention of the death penalty.

Journalist Andy Johnson will moderate the debate.

The EU said the guest speaker at the event will be Mr. Salvador Tinajro Esquivel, Coordinator for International Law, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Government of Mexico.

Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2005, and Esquivel will explain Mexico’s reasons for this abolition.

The debate is moderated by a group of embassies comprising the Australian High Commission, the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of EU Member States present in Trinidad and Tobago – Embassy of the French Republic, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain – the British High Commission, Embassy of the United Mexican States.

Members of the public wishing to join the event and especially to ask questions of the panelists can do so through the following social media platforms:

YouTube – https://youtu.be/1MK6ptkRX-I

Twitter – https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1kvJpArAXWaxE

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EUinTandT/videos/414303030059354/