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August 12, 2020

Death Penalty Debate to Continue

“Is Capital or Corporal Punishment an Answer to Law and Order Challenges in Papua New Guinea”

This wasthe question raised on day two ofthe ‘National Debate’ hosted by Divine Word University.

The majority ofthe participants opposedthe go ahead for the death penalty passed earlier this year, calling onthe government to revisit its decision.

However, death sentences will likely be carrlied out in Papua New Guineaas a team has been sent to countries in Asia andthe United States, to gther information onthe four possible options that were voted on by parliament in May. These options are death by:

  • LethalInjection,
  • Oxygen Deprivation,
  • Hanging and
  • Firing Squad.

The death penalty continues to face opposition by members ofthe public, including churches andthe United Nationsoffice in PNG

The debate ended today with recommendations to continue discussions.

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