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Jamaica maintains death penalty

According to the BBC, Jamaica's parliament has voted Tuesday against a proposal Tuesday that would ban the death penalty in a country that has one of the world's highest murder rates.

The vote was also propelled because of the recent increase of crimes against children, reported the Miami Herald.

Jamaica has had a ban on the death penalty since 1988, reported the BBC. However, the governing Jamaica Labour Party has been pushing for its return since last year.

Thirty-four members of the Parliament said yes, while 15 said no. Ten votes were absentee, reported the Miami Herald.

Jamaica currently has nine men on death row, reported the BBC. There have been 1,200 murders on the island so far this year.

Some fear sanctions from the EU, reported the BBC, but if due process of law is carried out, they assure they have nothing to worry about.