Support for the death penalty in Britain seems to be slowly declining although it is supported by many young people who were not born when we still had it. In the short term say the next 10 yearsthere is no realistic chance of reinstatement, however, despite majority public support for such a move.
Inthe United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is a pledge among nations to promote fundamental rights as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world. The political elite in Europe often condemn the US as human rights violators since we still use the death penalty on murderers, which they insist is a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
And they also point to Article 5, which states that no one shall be subjected to cruel or degrading punishment. From this, abolitinists self-righteously declare that the death penalty violates both of these rights.
But in fact, nowhere in that declaration is the DP specifically condemned as a human rights violation! For instance, in Article 3 it states: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
But if we were to follow that reasoning, we would have to abolish prisons as a human rights violation as well since they deprive people of liberty.
So the interpretation that abolitionists derive from Article 3 of the Declaration is illogical and contradictory. And in Article 5, it states: No one shall be subjected to cruel or degrading punishment. From this, abolitionists insist that capital punishment is ruled out because it is "the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment.
Indeed, what is stated in Article 5 is highly subjective and open to interpretation and could just as easily be applied to prisons as well.
And at the time it was implemented, most nations who signed it had the had the death penalty and continued to use it long after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was approved by them.
So obviously, the signers back then had the moral coherence to appreciate the distinction between murders and executions. What the DP is, is a punishment for a human rights violation, not a human rights violation itself.
Anyone with any amount of moral judgment and coherence would recognize and respect that difference. All abolitionists are trying to do is protect human rights violators at the expense of their victims by trying to pass off the just punishment of human rights violations as a human rights violation itself, an analysis that one would have to be totally lacking in sound moral judgement to accept since it is so obviously contradictory as well as morally and logically skewed.
European elites enjoy showcasing their opposition to the death penalty as a progressive policy based on the respect of human rights.
Such large contradictions usually suggest there are other motives.
Germany, along with France, has long led the anti-death penalty charge in Europe. The mayor of Paris took this viewpoint to such an extreme position that he named a city street after convicted American cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Instead, it was based on protecting convicted Nazi war criminals: Communist East Germany kept the death penalty until But the actual history of the German death penalty ban casts this claim in a different light.
Article was in fact the brainchild of a right-wing politician who sympathized with convicted Nazi war criminals -- and sought to prevent their execution by British and American occupation authorities.
According to Interpol and the FBI this is not necessarily the case. If one excludes murders committed by inner city blacks from the statistics the United States actually has a lower murder rate then Germany and France. That is not to imply that blacks are inherently evil. Their murder rates have more to do with welfare policies, racial separatism, etc.
Most blacks are decent people, but a sizeable minority of them commits a disproportionate amount of crimes.
Casting this high murder rate over all sections of American society is irrational at best. It makes sense to exclude black murders to even things out because France, Germany, and the UK do not have a minority that commits 7 times per capita more murders then the rest of the country.
Otherwise, we are comparing apples to oranges. This on top of the fact that we include deaths caused by self-defense in the murder statistics.
Failing to take such differences in demographics between America and Europe into account mislead people into believing that a high murder rate that is committed by a single ethnic group prevails over all parts of American society, and that is simply not the case.
Indeed, in much of the developed world. Crime has recently hit record highs in Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Toronto, and a host of other major cities.Thailand does have the death penalty for various offences.
Here are examples of crimes which may get a convicted offender sentenced to execution by the state. From the s to the s, there was a resurgence in the use of the death penalty.
This was due, in part, to the writings of criminologists, who argued that the death penalty was a . The Ethics of Capital Punishment- OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE Curiously, more concern by the pundits is given to the (potential) abuse of political power by fallible civil servants than to ensuring that people like the year-old mother from Washington can drive safely on the beltway.
Information by country on legislation, rules and details concerning the administration of official corporal punishment (schools, judicial, prisons, institutions), past and present, from official documents and media reports. Clive Emsley, Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker, "Crime and Justice - Punishment Sentences at the Old Bailey", Old Bailey Proceedings Online (attheheels.com, version , 26 September ).
Equal Justice for Victims: A Blueprint for the Rightful Restoration of Capital Punishment [Lester Jackson Ph.D.] on attheheels.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The title is based on two shocking facts, one unreported by the media: (1) the disgracefully scandalous official abuse of violent crime victims; and (2) the ghastly gap .