Capital Punishment: Right or Wrong?
According to Merriam Webster’s 11th Edition; Human rights is defined as: rights(as freedom from unlawful imprisonment, torture, and execution) regarded as belonging fundamentally to all persons. Execution is cruel and cold-blooded killing of a human by the state. As amnesty, an organization website, states: “The death penalty violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” As article five states in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishments.” Capital punishment fits in all of these categories and needs to be outlawed in all states. However, in Nebraska on March 4, 2009 according to an article written by the Lincoln Journal Star, “Nebraska has a death penalty but no way to carry it out since the electric chair was declared unconstitutional by the Nebraska Supreme Court last year.” The death penalty should stay this way. Nebraska can not legally execute any human being. This is the way it should be. All human beings deserve the right to live. The 8th amendment in the Bill of Rights justifies in the American Law Encyclopedia Vol. 4. Copyright 2009 states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.” Any form of killing whether it is the electric chair, hanging, lethal injection or firing squad is cruel and unusual punishment. Human rights should not be denied, especially from the state.
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