Letter to editor

The Death Penalty

5 June 2013 at 01:30 | 1321 views

Dear Editor:

Find enclosed a letter for publication if appropriate.

Contrary to what defenders of the death penalty assert, lethal injections that kill many condemned persons in capital punishment may cause a huge suffering in the final death throes, according to a study published by Human Rights Watch.

Moreover, the United States and China lead the ranking of the countries with most death sentences. In 22 countries more than 2,000 people were executed and more than 5,000 were tried, according to Amnesty International.

The death penalty and its execution does not seem to worry too much the political leaders censored by this practice. In the past 25 years the number of countries that punished condemned persons through the death penalty has decreased by 50 %. Mexico and Liberia are the countries that have abolished the death penalty from their legislations recently.

However, in some countries capital punishment is only intended for cases of urgency. In almost all the new States of the African continent, in Arab countries, in some oriental countries and in Russia the death penalty remains.

Critics assert that this penalty is inhuman and it supposedly turns the Government into executioner, preventing the repair of judicial slips that are irreparable when they happen.

Meanwhile, the death penalty has been removed in the laws of some developed countries. However, Japan is opposed to following this example and has revived the death penalty in the last few years. This reactivation of hangings, a cruel medieval practice for an advanced and technologically advanced nation like the Land of the Rising Sun, has already cost Japan the censorship of many protective associations of human rights.

Likewise, it is stated that the death penalty was in all countries and at all times; this is not a valid argument because there was also slavery and today its abolition is qualified as a social and moral improvement.

Finally, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights ratified a resolution insinuating that all countries must prohibit the death penalty, protect the dignity and the inalienable rights of all human beings in all their moments of existence from conception until natural death.

Clement Ferrer