10 reasons to end the use of the death penalty
- No state should have the power to takes a person’s life.
- It is irrevocable. No justice system is safe from judicial error and innocent people are likely to be sentenced to death.
- It does not keep society safe. It has never been conclusively shown that the death penalty deters crimes more effectively than other punishments.
- It is unfair. The death penalty is discriminatory and is often used disproportionately against people who are poor, people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities, and from racial and ethnic minority group. In some places, the imposition of the death penalty is used to target particular groups based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.
- Not all murder victims’ families want the death penalty. A large and growing number of victims’ families worldwide reject the death penalty and are speaking out against it, saying it does not bring back or honor their murdered family member, does not heal the of pain of the murder, and violates their ethical and religious beliefs.
- It creates more pain. The death penalty inflicts pain on the families of people on death row and causes great pain to the family members of people who have been executed.
- It is inhuman, cruel and degrading. Conditions on death row inflict extreme psychological suffering, and execution is a physical and mental assault.
- It is applied overwhelmingly in violation of international standards. It breaches the principles of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to life and that no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. On six occasions, the United Nations General Assembly has called for the establishment of a moratorium on the use of the death penalty (resolutions 62/149, 63/168, 65/206, 67/176,69/186 and 71/187, adopted in December 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016).
- It is inefficient. It diverts time and money from other more efficient law enforcement measures.
- It denies any possibility of rehabilitation for the criminal.
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