Last minute subject change 🙂 A waste to waste an educational post, isn’t it? More cheerful D like 😀 tomorrow!

There is no justification for honor killings

First a word about honor killings. Not a government killing, but done by fathers, brothers, nephews an a few good friends.  Recently a woman in Pakistan was stoned to death for loving a man the family didn’t approve of, something to do with so called honor.  A death sentence carried out in a slow and painful way. OK, let’s not confuse government execution with family execution. But this horrible phenomenon of honor killings must be stamped out.
I really wanted to put her picture here, but I couldn’t. It actually made me throw up. I wouldn’t do that to you.

Oklahoma’s mistake 

The death penalty is again subject to a world wide discussion. In America the chemicals failed to do it’s lethal work. Precisely what happened during the execution of convicted murderer and rapist Clayton Lockett remains unclear. Witnesses described the man convulsing and writhing on the gurney, as well as struggling to speak, before officials blocked the witnesses’ view. 

Old problem

A faultless execution of the  death penalty has always been a problem. In the movies Anna Boleyn may have been beheaded in an elegant way, but a skillful decapitation was an exception rather than the rule.  That is why the guillotine was such a humane invention at the time of the French Revolution. We’d like to forget that the brain still has enough blood to register what has happened after the head is separated from the body. So humane is also relative I suppose.

Amnesty Report 2013

In the Netherlands there are 8 people who were found guilty, were convicted and after many years proven innocent. If that can happen in a country with a decent judicial system, it can happen anywhere. Nobody should have the power to convict another person to die. Whatever his or her crime was.

“The right to life precedes everything. The primary aspect of human rights is the right to life. There is no correlation between the death penalty and decreasing crime rate.”

 Shakib Qortbawi, former Minister of Justice of Lebanon, 11 October 2013

2013 Executing countries in the world

Fact and figures

According to Amnesty International, in Africa, at least 64 executions are known to have been carried out in five countries, more than a 50% rise from 2012. Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan accounted for more than 90% of the total in Africa, with Nigeria carrying out executions for the first time in eight years. The same three countries also handed down more two-thirds of all of the death penalties in the region.
The USA is the only country in the Americas to have carried out executions in 2013, with 41% taking place in Texas alone. 
In Central and Southern America and the Caribbean, a total of 15 death sentences were recorded in four countries- Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana Barbados and the Bahamas. Otherwise the regions were death penalty-free in 2013. 
Europe remained execution-free in 2013, although Belarus, the only country in the region still to impose capital punishment, sentenced four people to death.
In 2013, four countries that had not used the death penalty for long periods carried out executions: Indonesia (first execution in four years), Kuwait (first execution in six years), Nigeria (first execution in seven years) and Vietnam (first executions in 18 months).
Three countries that executed in 2012 did not carry out any executions in 2013 –Gambia, Pakistan and United Arab Emirates. 
The estimated number of executed people in China are in thousands.

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.” 

 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


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