6 Feb 2015

PNG's government adamant on death penalty implementation

3:24 pm on 6 February 2015

The secretary of Papua New Guinea's justice department says the 13 people on death row in the country will be executed this year.

Bomana Correctional Facility, Papua New Guinea

The execution facilities will be built at Bomana prison. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

This comes after cabinet endorsed guidelines for the implementation of the death penalty.

Lawrence Kalinoe says the government is adamant on starting executions this year, and the 13 people had exhausted all their appeal and constitutional review processes.

The newspaper, The National, says cabinet has approved guidelines for three modes of execution - hanging, lethal injection and firing squad - which will carried out at a facility to be built at Port Moresby's Bomana Prison.

PNG's government reactivated the death penalty in 2013 in reaction to a spate of violent crimes, drawing the ire of international human rights groups.

But Mr Kalinoe says critics are hiding behind human rights to criticise the government, and says the death penalty is implemented in sophisticated countries, such as the the United States.