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Published on Jun 30, 2007
Transcript: They are many arguments against the death penalty. It's not a deterrent against the crimes it punishes. Society who uses the death penalty don't have lower crime's rate than those that do. When a country abolishes the death penalty they are not plunged into criminal chaos. But even if death penalty did reduce the crime's rate, would that then be acceptable? The death penalty targets the economically disadvantaged, those who can't afford good legal council, those without a voice in society. There is a saying in the US: Capital punishment means that those without a capital get the punishment. Statistics show this is true. But would it be acceptable if people from all sections of society will executed. Does Killing a rich man makes killing a poor man right. The death penalty is irreversible and results in the death of innocents. When someone is dead, a retrospective pardon is a little to them of their family. Since 1990 in China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the USA, there have been 51 recorded executions of child offenders, some as young as 14 years old. Or even if no more innocent or children are killed, shall we tolerate the death penalty? The death penalty is never acceptable. It abused two of our most basic human rights. Everyone has the right to live and no one should be subjected to torture. The death penalty obviously kills people but it also tortures, physically by the brutal nature of execution, and psychologically by forcing individuals to wait to be killed. They wait sometimes for decades while others are led to their deaths. The horror of this waiting is unimaginable. Human rights are thus called because they apply to all human beings. They belong to all of us equally. An attack on these fundamental rights anywhere is an attack against all of us. The right to life is inalienable. It cannot be given and it cannot be taken away. No matter how terrible a crime, in a world full of uncertainty, human beings are clearly drawn line. A line between what is right and what is wrong. A line between imprisonment and execution. Every individual facing the death penalty who is, whatever they stand accused of, still a human being. How ever much we revil them, how ever much we are outraged by their action, how ever much we want revenge, they are still human beings. They may well have killed and tortured. They crossed the line but do we really want to join them.