WelCom March 2022
Papua New Guinea has abolished the death penalty for a second time, saying it is ineffective in deterring crimes. Since its reintroduction in 1991, many have been sentenced to death in the poverty-stricken nation but none have been executed. The authorities have accepted the death penalty is cruel, inhumane and violates people’s right to life as prescribed in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The government and parliament both said the death penalty is against Christian values and there was no point in retaining it.