20 Aug 2004

PNG group opposed to death penalty

1:58 pm on 20 August 2004

The Individual and Community Rights Advocacy Forum in Papua New Guinea says it disagrees with calls to increase penalties for people who commit violent acts.

The National Council of Women has called for harsher penalties and the use of capital punishment to help address the increase in violent crime against women.

But ICRAF Director, Lady Hilan Los, says that would not be the answer.

"Sometimes when you impose harsher penalties the culprits make sure that you're gone and you're not there to witness or to be the witness in the case, I mean it's not working in other countries so I don't see whether it will work in PNG."

Lady Los says education and a return to traditional values is needed.