The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished Worldwide

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The death penalty should be abolished worldwide

In Bangkok, Thailand, in August, 2009, two prisoners were executed by the Department of Prisons just because of their possession of only 114,219 methamphetamine tablets[1]. Do you think it is right for a judge to put someone guilty to death? Do you think execution will deter drug trafficking effectively? The death penalty is wrong in all cases. Worldwide studies show that it does not have a deterrent effect any stronger than that of other strict but humane punishment. Brutalized by death penalty, everyone involved can be psychologically affected. Therefore, many groups think the death penalty should be abolished worldwide.

Firstly, the European Union (EU) has the opinion that the executions of Mr. Bundit Charoenwanich and Mr. Jirawat Phumpruek by lethal injection in Bangkok’s Bang Kwang Prison on August 24th are wrong, cruel, and immoral. It is regrettable that these executions bring an end to a near six year-long stopping of the use of the death penalty in Thailand. In fact, EU disagrees with the use of capital punishment in all cases and under all circumstances and has consistently tried to prevent people in every part of the world from using it. This is based on EU’s belief that the universal abolition of the death penalty is needed for human dignity protection and human rights development. No wonder why the death penalty has been abolished in all parts of the European Union. EU also says publicly that it wants the Royal Thai Government to abolish the death penalty completely and to establish the stopping of executions as strongly advised by United Nations General Assembly resolutions. Since death penalty denies the right to life affirmed in Article 3 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Commission for Human Rights has also called for the progressive limitation of the use of the death penalty as the way towards more civilized punishments. Secondly, killing in is a...
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