Capital punishment is inhuman and cruel. Amnesty opposes the capital punishment always regardless of the crime or who is accused. Here are five reasons why we must abolish capital punishment.
1. It is irreversible
Once it’s executed, you cannot take it back. So, some people might be paying for crimes they didn’t commit.There are many cases where the convicted person is found to be ‘not-guilty’ afterward. For example, the Texas man Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in 2004 for setting a fire that killed his three daughters. Later, he was proven ‘not guilty’, but it was too late.
2. It doesn’t discourage criminals from committing the crime
No evidence exists that shows capital punishment deters crime more effectively than a prison term. In fact, the opposite has been revealed. Canada has a 44% decrease in murders twenty-seven years after abolishing the capital punishment. Revenge cannot be a solution. We should try to reduce violence and not causing more death.
3. There’s no ‘humane’ way to kill
The execution of Angel Nieves Diaz in 2006 was done by ‘humane’ lethal injection which took 34 minutes and needed two doses. Other cruel methods of execution include hanging, beheading, and shooting. These killings don’t alleviate the pain that is suffered by the victims’ family.
All executions violate the right to life. Many death penalties are carried out publicly, and it is against human dignity. Many countries are abolishing death penalties. Recently, four countries abolished this penalty. Now, 102 countries still have the capital punishment in their system. We should work together and make people understand that capital punishment is not doing any good to the society.