Daniel Halliday
Mar 1 · Last update 3 mo. ago.
Should the death penalty be abolished?
Capital punishment and the idea of ending someone's life for committing a crime has a very long history. However we now live in a world where more countries have abolished the death penalty than those who continue to use it as a crime deterrent. Organisations such as Amnesty International and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty in the United States campaign for the banning of such practices, claiming there to be no evidence that they deter crime or promote safety. Likewise some EU states have recently called on Egypt to abolish capital punishment. Is it time for Egypt and the fifty-six remaining countries that retain this tradition to end capital punishment? ncadp.org aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/abdel-fattah-el-sisi-europe-teach-rights-190225173823531.html
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Possibly, sovereignty and moral relativism
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No, the only punishment for some grievous crimes
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Possibly, sovereignty and moral relativism

It is possible that it is right to abolish the death sentence; however this decision should lie in the hands of the people of each sovereign nation. Too common are thoughts of forcing cultural or political standards on other foreign nations in the present global climate. However such decisions are inherently linked to a nation’s sovereignty and need to be respected in the same way. To enforce foreign laws or a foreign mindset on a nation will cause a backlash, issues like this may come under consideration with better education and diplomacy, but it is still ultimately up to the country, culture, and people whether the state has rights over the death of its citizens.

papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1129844

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No, the only punishment for some grievous crimes

It is a regrettable reality but some people really do earn what is the ultimate punishment, death. Criminals such a mass murders, child molesters and violent rapists represent a danger to society, using the death penalty against them can protect both societal safety, and protect from the cost of keeping such criminals alive to incarcerate them for life. Moreover the death penalty can act as the ultimate deterrence from committing the worst crimes in the first place, and if such a deterrence isn’t enough the death penalty can help by giving friends and family of the victims some retribution and closure.

catholicworldreport.com/2017/07/18/why-the-death-penalty-is-still-necessary

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Capital punishment is the cruel and immoral practice of denying someone of their most basic human right of life; it demonstrates a complete abandonment of rehabilitation, and murder cannot represent an effective deterrent against murder, or any other act of depravity. Not only is it an ineffective deterrent but many studies have shown that the death penalty is disproportionately imposed on poor people from minority backgrounds, not to mention the added problem of possibility of mental health problems or the wrongly convicted. Most modern countries have abandoned this medieval form of retribution; it is widely viewed as archaic and barbaric and should be abolished worldwide.

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