No one has been executed for over 30 years in Barbados. On 10 October 1984, Noel Jordan, Melvin Inniss and Errol Farrell were hanged. Barbados is therefore considered abolitionist de facto, as it has not executed anyone for over 10 years. An article in Barbados Today (‘Falling in Line’, 28 January 2015) reports that 60 hangings were carried out in Barbados between 1924 and 1984.

Therefore, despite a commitment to law reform and the very long period which has elapsed since Barbados used the death penalty, death sentences are still passed for those convicted of murder.

Amnesty International reported that two new sentences of death were passed in Barbados in 2014; at the close of 2014, 11 persons were held under sentence of death in the country (Amnesty International, 2015).

At the end of 2015, Amnesty reported likewise that 11 persons were on death row as no new death sentences were imposed through the year (2016). However, 3 new death sentences were passed in 2016 (see 2016 report).

In September 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights met with authorities from Barbados; the Court was critical of the delays in adopting legislative reform and of the failure to follow the Court’s rulings (Amnesty International, 2016).

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