Trinidad and Tobago

Greater Caribbean for Life

The Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL) is an independent, not-for-profit civil society organization, incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. GCL was established on 2 October 2013 by activists and organizations from twelve Greater Caribbean countries following an International Conference held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Our organization came into existence with a view to bring together all activists and organisations supporting abolition in the region in order to strengthen their voices; it seeks to build and nurture the abolitionist movement in the Greater Caribbean as we campaign for and work towards the permanent abolition of the death penalty in this region in which capital punishment remains in the legal system of thirteen countries  and in which two countries retain the mandatory death penalty for murder. GCL is also committed to collaborating with the international abolitionist community, and acts as a supporting platform in its advocacy and educational efforts.

GCL’s membership currently includes members from 15 Greater Caribbean countries (Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago).

Our Executive Committee is comprised of members from Antigua and Barbuda, St.Kitts and Nevis, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago.


While GCL vehemently condemns the rise of violent crime in our region and expresses solidarity with victims, members reject the notion that capital punishment will act as a deterrent or foster respect for life in our communities. In addition, in our societies, the death penalty operates in an unequal manner due to a number of socio-economic factors: it is primarily imposed on the poor and the disadvantaged. GCL is committed to promoting more durable and effective solutions aimed at reducing crime in the Greater Caribbean region – rather than the taking of life.

Leela Ramdeen, Chair of GCL has said: “The time is long overdue for people in the Caribbean region who wish to find more sustainable, long-term solutions to crime and violence to lift their voices against the inhumanity of the death penalty. Let us encourage governments in the region to find alternatives to the death penalty. While GCL continues to campaign and work towards better responses to the needs of victims and their families, we believe that the death penalty does not make societies safer. Our ‘Mantra’ is: ‘Stop crime, not lives!’”

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Abolition of the Death Penalty in the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados

on 15 December 2020




Trend Towards Abolition

More details Download [ pdf - 2611 Ko ]

Greater Caribbean for Life has launched its educational toolkit to assist activists and organisations as they work toward abolishing the death penalty in the Greater Caribbean. The production of this toolkit forms part of GCL’s activities under its EU partnered project to educate on death penalty abolition in the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados.

The launch of the toolkit is timely as a few of these target countries recently voted against adopting the UN Moratorium on the use of the death penalty and countries that had previously chosen to abstain have now firmly voted against the resolution.

GCL members condemn the rise of violent crime in our region and express solidarity and compassion with the victims of crime, however, we reject the notion that capital punishment will act as a deterrent or foster respect for life in our communities.

It is our hope that this toolkit will assist in promoting respect for the right to life for all human beings in the Caribbean region.

  • Document type Lobbying
  • Countries list Barbados
  • Themes list Trend Towards Abolition