Should The Death Penalty Be Abolished Globally?


In 2020 a total of 53 countries still have the death penalty as punishment for crimes ranging from murder to drug trafficking. There has been a global decline in death sentences in recent years except in places like China and Saudi Arabia.  A survey conducted in Singapore in 2005 reported that 95% of Singaporeans believe the death penalty should be retained. Do you think the death penalty should be abolished globally LiveTribers? Is there any case where you think the death penalty is needed? Do you think the death penalty is inhumane?

Posted by on 25 Aug 2020

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    Jenetta

    Yes. God gave life and only God should take it away. The death penalty makes the people delivering it no better than the murderers they are killing

    Posted by Jenetta on 16 Sep 2020

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    veyron007

    No, I believe that someone who has taken a life because they are mentally unstable should not be allowed to breathe oxygen on this planet ever again. I believe in torturing them before driving the final blow and watching them exhale their last breathe.

    Posted by veyron007 on 16 Sep 2020

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    Bob

    NO. The death penalty should be re-introduced for a range of crimes. Terrorism, Murder, Rape, serious crimes against children. We are far too soft on many criminals. I can understand peoples reluctance to encourage violence and in an ideal world I would support this. However, we do not have an ideal world and are unlikely to ever have one if we deal kindly with the scum of the earth. I would also introduce public flogging for brutal senseless crimes. What I am against is the bestial way that death penalties are performed. With the technology we have a simple injection should be enough.. We do this with animals and it works very well. While we are at it, rather than giving out guns to police that can kill, why not tranquilizer guns. This way we will cut out unnecessary police deaths and perpetrators can face their accusers and be proven either innocent or guilty and in the latter case be punished correctly. BOB J.-

    Posted by Bob on 16 Sep 2020

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    John

    Yes ...End all violence world wide.

    Posted by John on 16 Sep 2020

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    oldboy63

    As long as they are absolutely sure the person is guilty as charged

    Posted by oldboy63 on 16 Sep 2020

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    jodie737

    Simple! YES

    Posted by jodie737 on 16 Sep 2020

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    Silvana

    No one has the right to judge others for crimes that they did or did not do. I believe the death penalty should be abolished in all countries around the world.

    Posted by Silvana on 16 Sep 2020

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    Craig021

    Countries have different beliefs and are entitled to have them. You missed the USA as a country that still has the death penalty in some states.

    Posted by Craig021 on 15 Sep 2020

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    Rabbitohs

    If the do gooders of the world could see what some of these perpetrators of horrific crimes do to their victims, some people refer to them as animals. There certainly not animals, animals kill for food. or so called human beings. They are just straight out evil. Ever wondered on some times that even jurists dont get to see the horrific photos taken at the scene. They say it's to predudical. When convicted they still get to breath fresh air. The victim doesn't, nor do the family who grieve forever. I'm sure the family's would get much more satisfaction if the convicted were put to death.

    Posted by Rabbitohs on 15 Sep 2020

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    Dave R

    No. People who commit very barbaric crimes should suffer for what they did. Death is too easy.

    Posted by Dave R on 15 Sep 2020

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    crystalcougar

    Yes absolutely it’s as barbaric as the crimes the criminals actually do and so many people have been proven to be innocent

    Posted by crystalcougar on 14 Sep 2020

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    Cilino

    Definite not !!

    Posted by Cilino on 14 Sep 2020

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    Greg

    No, I think certain crimes should attract the death penalty.

    Posted by Greg on 14 Sep 2020

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    Lauren

    No way.. Certain people should be put to death

    Posted by Lauren on 14 Sep 2020

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    crystalcougar

    No one deserves to be put to death you’re as bad as the perpetrators if you do

    Posted by crystalcougar on 14 Sep 2020

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    Robyn

    depends on the country, I do not agree with it to certain agree extent as too many innocents have been wrongly executed, but if I was to witness a brutal murder then yes I would agree paedophiles should be as well.

    Posted by Robyn on 14 Sep 2020

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    Bob

    Certain Crimes Deserve this , it is no use jailing someone that will reoffend once released

    Posted by Bob on 14 Sep 2020

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    crystalcougar

    Just don’t release them rotting in jail is better I’d say then giving them an easy out

    Posted by crystalcougar on 14 Sep 2020

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    Peter

    Open up the sentencing more, especially for paeodophiles

    Posted by Peter on 14 Sep 2020

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    Cheryl

    Should be left as is to be used in extreme cases of barbarity.

    Posted by Cheryl on 13 Sep 2020

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    Bartman999

    If you take a life you loose your life

    Posted by Bartman999 on 13 Sep 2020

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    David

    Does that include the executioner???????????

    Posted by David on 15 Sep 2020

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    Frank

    Yes but I would like to see corporal punishment return for murder and rape offences

    Posted by Frank on 13 Sep 2020

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    Geoff

    You take a life you should pay the price

    Posted by Geoff on 13 Sep 2020

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    Mary

    It is inhumane. It should be banned.

    Posted by Mary on 13 Sep 2020

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    Colin

    of course Were not savages

    Posted by Colin on 12 Sep 2020

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    Clem

    I for one is grossly not in favour of killing any human being been judge as guilty of the crime. Let us put a descent reservation as deterent measure from error of judgement that may happen, base on history of few innocent victim given a wrong verfict just to get over of the case or to some being frame-up and technically victimize so there after wrongly been judge by then. Therefore, sparing the life atleast one can have a chance to prove the innocence. Even if the crime committed is true and correct to fit the description and found guilty, it doesn't pay to kill human, its not worth ending the life just because of the crime committed. In my sincere views it's after all it's "inhuman to do so." Moreso, we are not living in barbaric times to apply "eye for an eye," not nowadays in our civilize society. The better the person can serve time to live on for the crime committed, for as long as the person live, remourseful or not, doesn't matter. That person must serve to any valuable resources to a secure and in complete isolation for public safety and make it work strictly without monetary offer, and, just let him live and use it every minute of it. In a civilized world one must think how to live in peace and harmony. "No more killing"

    Posted by Clem on 12 Sep 2020

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    Craig021

    Some criminals are barbaric and if they have exhausted the numerous levels of appeals (with lawyers paid by the taxpayer) why should the taxpayer continue to fund the huge cost of imprisoning them when so many deserving places for that funding could go (e.g., health, education, poverty support).

    Posted by Craig021 on 15 Sep 2020

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    adut

    According to my opinion, death penalty is retained, In the bable say, we should not kill, or stile. Yeah of couse is committed the crime.

    Posted by adut on 12 Sep 2020

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    thor1776

    Yes because if someone takes a life they should lose theirs

    Posted by thor1776 on 12 Sep 2020

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    Ahshara

    The death penalty is just legalised murder.

    Posted by Ahshara on 12 Sep 2020

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    Karoly

    The death penalty is equal to murder. In the case of the death penalty is carried out by error the judge and the jury should have the same penalty imposed on them.

    Posted by Karoly on 12 Sep 2020

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    Stricker

    Abolish it. Too many mistakes made by Juries worldwide.

    Posted by Stricker on 12 Sep 2020

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    ibby

    It would depend on what they were guilty of. Murder where they do it because they like too then death,otherwise jail for natural life

    Posted by ibby on 11 Sep 2020

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    Erwin

    Yes i believe the death penalty should be retained for proven murder and deferentially drug trafficking

    Posted by Erwin on 11 Sep 2020

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    crystalcougar

    Drug trafficking how bad do you think that is everyone has free will and if drugs were legalized there’d be no trafficking

    Posted by crystalcougar on 15 Sep 2020

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    Danika

    Yes I think it should be removed from the law... Jail for Life is a good enough penalty.

    Posted by Danika on 10 Sep 2020

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    Alma

    Absolutely not! Society should be protected and spared the expense of maintaining the existence of serial killers, heinous killers, violent and savage terrorists, who are beyond redemption and salvation. A lethal injection is a more humane execution of a monstrous deviant who has inflicted sadistic brutality and prolonged torture on the victim or victims and deprived the people who loved them of their precious child, relative or friend. Those criminals who consider the rest of humanity their prey, and who have caused so much grief, fear and destruction, should not have to be financially supported by the rest of the community, for the rest of the killer’s abominable existence!

    Posted by Alma on 10 Sep 2020

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    Natalie

    The death penalty should be abolished. My first reason is that everyone should have a chance for redemption. The second reason is that it is possible that the person is not guilty. Finally as I am a Christian I believe in the commandment " thou shalt not kill" and this for me applies to society not just the individual.

    Posted by Natalie on 10 Sep 2020

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    Raymond

    No I don’t think so. It’s necessary in some cases

    Posted by Raymond on 10 Sep 2020

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    Ram

    Should be done for serious case like murder and rape and terrorism

    Posted by Ram on 09 Sep 2020

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    Raymond

    Absolutely not. Why have someone rot in jail for life, never to be released? It serves no purpose and that person should be executed to end the senseless waste.

    Posted by Raymond on 09 Sep 2020

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    Annbee

    The bible says Thou Shalt Not Kill. There is also a margin for error, meaning that there is a risk that the wrong person can be sent to the gallows. However, in the case of a violent murder, the perpetrator deserves to be hung by the neck until dead. I think though it would be more fitting for that person to be incarcerated for the rest of his or her miserable life, in order to reflect on what they had done and to realise what they have missed out on. Suffer!!!

    Posted by Annbee on 09 Sep 2020

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    Glenn

    Not for crimes that deserve it

    Posted by Glenn on 09 Sep 2020

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    Ken

    Death penalty should be reintroduced for serious crimes - treason, murder, terrorism, aggravated and multiple rapes plus serious drug related offences.

    Posted by Ken on 09 Sep 2020

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    hineao

    It may be an idea, but my father/in/law told me how hard it was to ask for the death penalty in the last case that this penalty was tried in NZ years ago.

    Posted by hineao on 09 Sep 2020

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    Vincent

    Someone once said "It is better for a guilty man to be set free than for one innocent man to be convicted". As long as we humans make mistakes, it is irresponsible to have the death penalty. It is silly and make no sense. How about I propose that rather than sentence someone to death, why not give them the option to work in the prison with 80% of their salary given to their victim every month and remaining 20% for their own upkeeps for 30 years. The only time a person sentenced to death suffers is just before they die, afterwards, their parents and loved ones suffer for the rest of their lives.

    Posted by Vincent on 09 Sep 2020

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    Carolyn

    I would like to say " NO " because it worries me that they maybe be innocent. Bring back the CAT OFf NINE TAILS and give them some lashes with that every week.

    Posted by Carolyn on 09 Sep 2020

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    Vonny

    The death penalty should be abolished altogether. Mistakes have been made in the past where human error has meant the wrong person being sentenced to death and later found out they were wrongly convicted and killed. Also it has been known for people to turn their lives around completely. Nobody but God has the right to end someone's life regardless of what they have done. Deuteronomy 32:35 says 'The LORD will take revenge and punish them; the time will come when they will fall; the day of their doom is near'

    Posted by Vonny on 09 Sep 2020

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    William

    No way. Druggies, pedophiles , killers, rapists and others deserve nothing more than loss of life. A life long jail sentence is a dream run for these low lifes and then we have to pay for them for destroying other people's lives. Tax payers and relatives & friends of victims are the ones that get a life sentence. Bring back the death sentence in Australia for absolute beyond doubt verdicts on the low lifes in society so that we can be spared the expense of giving them a dream run to a natural death.

    Posted by William on 09 Sep 2020

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    Kitty SlamHer

    No if 100 million% guilty like molestering kids, hurting animals, rape and 100million % done it then kill the dickheads or I think torture should be done for months till they slowly die

    Posted by Kitty SlamHer on 09 Sep 2020

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    bobbie2171

    Agree, Pres Trump has reinstated it for the military tribunals (worldwide), for those pedophiles and treasonous government officials (etc)! It''s happening, waiting to see how many Australians are executed, some have been done already! Things are going to be very different in a couple of months, lots of evil will be revealed that been done by the most famous people!

    Posted by bobbie2171 on 09 Sep 2020

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    James

    A LIFETIME in jail, is far crueler than a swift death.

    Posted by James on 08 Sep 2020

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    Colin

    make them work in a coved ward

    Posted by Colin on 08 Sep 2020

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    Gary

    No it should be brought back in Australia

    Posted by Gary on 08 Sep 2020

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    flowerpot

    I think Death penalty should be abolished but instead make the perpetrators go through the system by hard labour to make them pay especially for premeditated situations.

    Posted by flowerpot on 08 Sep 2020

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    eicky

    No it should continue for murderers, mass shooting etc as everyone else agrees. I don't think tax payers should pay for their prison expenses

    Posted by eicky on 08 Sep 2020

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    Straight Talk

    No. It should be reinstated globally. Murder, terrorism, pedophiles, human trafficking, mass shootings, kidnappings of children. Is it humane to perpetrate any of the crimes mentioned above? What does incarcerating someone at the expense of tax payers for life or several life sentences accomplish? I suggest the convicted criminal be given the choice of the death penalty or life time servitude to a family/families affected by the crimes mentioned above. For those families who do not want anything to do with the criminal who changed their family forever they should be able to exchange the criminal for another convicted who has chosen servitude.

    Posted by Straight Talk on 08 Sep 2020

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    Sammbo

    Retain the death penalty. But only apply it to heinous crimes and never when the conviction is based on circumstantial evidence.

    Posted by Sammbo on 08 Sep 2020

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    Raymond

    It should not be abolished as there are some people convicted of crime so serious that they should forfeit their right to life

    Posted by Raymond on 08 Sep 2020

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    ginfizz

    No, except for terrorists and child killings.

    Posted by ginfizz on 08 Sep 2020

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    kivrin

    No, it should be for terrorists and serial killers.

    Posted by kivrin on 08 Sep 2020

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    pinkf

    Nope only use it for terrorist crime killing people

    Posted by pinkf on 08 Sep 2020

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    Margaret

    NO. Especially for the likes of the terrorist who murdered over 50 Muslims in Christchurch New Zealand life without parole is too good for him and will cost the country millions to keep him inside. Hang the bastard. OR Send him back to Australia where he came from.

    Posted by Margaret on 08 Sep 2020

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    Neil

    No, it means ludicrously low sentence s can be given for ta another life.

    Posted by Neil on 08 Sep 2020

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    Noeh

    Should be abolished. Everybody has still a chance to change for the better.

    Posted by Noeh on 08 Sep 2020

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    Straight Talk

    Wouldn't life time servitude accomplish more than incarceration then?

    Posted by Straight Talk on 08 Sep 2020

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    medusa 12

    Yes I think it should be abolished no deserves to die for some stupid mistake

    Posted by medusa 12 on 08 Sep 2020

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    Straight Talk

    Seriously? Do you actually believe murders, terrorists and mass shooters made stupid mistakes ?

    Posted by Straight Talk on 08 Sep 2020

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    Robert

    Yes it should abolished. Killing someone due to circumstances, rage, revenge or because the law says so brings no benefit towards the greater good of society other than making a few people feel good that a bad person is gone. This is not a reasonable reason to kill someone.

    Posted by Robert on 08 Sep 2020

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    Straight Talk

    What does incarceration achieve at the expense of taxpayers? What about life time servitude to the family/families affected by the criminal?

    Posted by Straight Talk on 08 Sep 2020

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    Sugar Ray

    Definitely NOT! In fact we should re-introduce it in Australia, so that those low-life who kill someone and then get out of jail after 3-4 years will know the consequences of their actions. This is what is wrong with the world, there are no consequences anymore.

    Posted by Sugar Ray on 08 Sep 2020

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    Roger

    religion should be abolised globaliy then there would be less need for the death penalty

    Posted by Roger on 08 Sep 2020

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    dingo dave

    No. Anyone sentenced to never be paroled or several life terms no question, save the country hundreds of thousands of dollars. what is the benefit to society to have them rot in jail.

    Posted by dingo dave on 07 Sep 2020

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    harold

    NO! it should be reinstated for serious crimes, but not a mandatory sentence. a last resort, but it should be on the table.

    Posted by harold on 07 Sep 2020

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    AndrewCox

    No! It should be re-instated for extremely serious offences (where proven guilty without doubt) in countries that have already banned it.

    Posted by AndrewCox on 07 Sep 2020

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    Mandy76

    Eye for an eye

    Posted by Mandy76 on 07 Sep 2020

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    Varinder

    No, who killed people they should deserve death penalty, even worst than this

    Posted by Varinder on 06 Sep 2020

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    Angela

    I oppose the death penalty irregardless of the crime. However I think we should bring back crucifixion for pedophile priests

    Posted by Angela on 06 Sep 2020

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    RainbowSea

    Most adult criminals come from a either a family of criminals or just want to be noticed when young. the death penalty is ideal for adults who are old enough to make decisions whether to kill or not but more should be done to remove children from harmful family situations and instead of saying that kids are better left with their birth parents, which is not always the case what with drug use at home or no employment in the home or downright family assaults. This is normally where future criminals are nurtured when all they see is violence and hate, they don't know any better. Let the do-gooders wake up to themselves and give these kids a chance of a loving home. If these kids were taken away from useless parents and giving a good home and taught how to live right in society then we should have less violent crimes when these kids grew up. If the death penalty was legal then the money saved from not having to house all the violent offenders could be used to help families with the above mentioned troubled kids. The idea is to get to them before they get too old. An experiment was done in Ireland many years ago during the religious troubles they had there when all the orphaned children both catholic and Protestant were put together in an orphanage without any parental influence to teach them how to hate and as the kids grew up they developed strong friendships with children of the people they were supposed to hate i.e. Catholic and Protestant became good friends. This just proves that if children are brought up in an atmosphere of trust and love then violent crime will no longer exist. Children will copy their parental figures whether good or bad.

    Posted by RainbowSea on 05 Sep 2020

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    mel

    Question for all ...What happens when a kid is from a good home but chooses to be a loser where are the kids no one wants suppose to go??

    Posted by mel on 09 Sep 2020

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    Pedro24

    Yes. No-one has the right to take another's life. I know some people think differently, but there are other methods that can be used for punishment/rehabilitation, Being sentenced to life must mean exactly that.

    Posted by Pedro24 on 05 Sep 2020

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    Varinder

    If criminal take someone life that is fine, but we can not give death penalty to criminal, what a bull shit

    Posted by Varinder on 06 Sep 2020

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    BibbyKat

    The death penalty is not inhuman. What they do is .. they make deliberate decisions. Do an human crime .. pay for For it. We have to be serious in some cases. It is also a deterrent. .. they know the outcome. No pussy footing around!

    Posted by BibbyKat on 05 Sep 2020

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    shrott

    I would love to see it being compulsory in many cases.

    Posted by shrott on 05 Sep 2020

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    FTC

    No. There are times like the guy who killed so many in NZ who shows no remorse and now there is debate over which country should support him for the rest of his life as the cost will be in the millions, That money could be well spent on areas of rehabilitation and suffering.

    Posted by FTC on 05 Sep 2020

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    Colin

    Yesvits barbaric

    Posted by Colin on 05 Sep 2020

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    Lusa

    No, murder or killing someone intentionally should be punished by the death penalty.

    Posted by Lusa on 05 Sep 2020

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    Yvonne

    Yes definitely

    Posted by Yvonne on 04 Sep 2020

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    robert

    This a debate that has been going on for years and years , Personally i 'm not interested in what the Asian nations do ! But i have to agree that , paticularly in this nation , the sentences are too lenient , regardless of the crime committed . I know there are many civil libertarians that are totally against taking another life . But some of these crimes are so heinous , no amount of time can justify some of the crimes , not only the victim with their physical and mental trauma , but the family's , spouses , children , which they must live with every single day , for the rest of their lives ! Ask the friends , relatives , spouse , colleagues , supporters , if Anita Cobby's killers , should be executed or Samantha Knights , killer , a known paedophile ( 11 cases ) , prior to her murder .Received 17 years in gaol ( she never reached 17years of age ) . The killer was released 12 months ago in September .The taxpayer foots the bill for their incarcerations , providing food , shelter , entertainment , money , tv , library , exercise, kiosk to purchase treats . The folly in all this is the authorities believe , that they can be rehabilitated . How many times have we seen that soon after their release they are back to their old habits . I find these , criminals oxygen thieves , but how often do we see them on top of buildings , destroying roof's and a/c units , to exercise their rights ? For some of these crims. there is only one solution and that is the Final Solution ! . .

    Posted by robert on 04 Sep 2020

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    karl

    NO, should be reinstated here

    Posted by karl on 04 Sep 2020

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    gm3047

    No, there are some people (animals) who are not worth keeping in gaol, just to let them out to kill/rape/pedo again after 20+ years. The authorities just need to make sure they get the right offender before doing the deed.

    Posted by gm3047 on 04 Sep 2020

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    Mungril

    I agree with you, but it is wrong to call them animals, that is a direct insult to innocent creatures. I would rather call them monsters!

    Posted by Mungril on 07 Sep 2020

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    mact

    Premeditated murder is inhumane as is the death penalty......so what would Solomon do?!

    Posted by mact on 04 Sep 2020

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    Straight Talk

    Lifetime servitude to the families affected?

    Posted by Straight Talk on 08 Sep 2020

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    Alison

    No. There are some that deserve it. I believe there should be much tougher penalties here in Australia. Our system is way too lenient!!

    Posted by Alison on 04 Sep 2020

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    Not_A_DoDo

    EVERY country did have the death sentence and it did serve as a deterrance and they were carried out, none western countries had more sense and used a firing squad, look at USA which uses emotional torture by have people in jail for years, but then USA is not know for it accuracy but known for its corruption. So while we had the death penality it was carried out until the do-gooder activists came along with overkill human rights,, they should be rehabilitated. PROBLEM you cant rehabilitate without knowledge of wrong doing. So we have jails full of guilty people living in luxury compared to the aged, motel style accommodation, personal TV, PC, 3 meals a day, never working to cover their costs. DISGUSTING the victims live in pain all their lives while the criminal lives in luxury> I think I prefer the Japanese style, you commit crime, get caught, you make public apology to your family, and victims family, and you go to gaol, and you needed work/occupation, and the salary helps support the cost of jail and the rest is divided between the victims family and yours the west has become as lunatic, human rights morons. who want equality for all, never realising that this means you will be reduced to lowest common denominator.. BUT to bring back the death penalty we would need an honest justice system. Also other sentences are too light.

    Posted by Not_A_DoDo on 04 Sep 2020

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    RainbowSea

    I agree with all that you said. My husband went to Samoa a few years ago and they have a good idea there. If someone commits a crime against another family, they are made to beg forgiveness from the wronged family which can take up to a month or more sometimes. and their family has to pay for any costs that were incurred including any emotional trauma. Often the Polynesian people prefer white man's law as this is a lot easier to deal with and not so harsh a penalty.

    Posted by RainbowSea on 04 Sep 2020

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    lordofthekitchen

    Keep it for some crimes, the little shit who got life without parole in NZ., the money wasted in keeping this piece of rubbish for the rest of his worthless life, could be much better spent on some of the poor NZ families, a coupe of bucks for a Bullitt, the rest for people in need

    Posted by lordofthekitchen on 04 Sep 2020

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    Tonyporritt

    YES. All countries should have the death penalty.

    Posted by Tonyporritt on 04 Sep 2020

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    medusa 12

    Yes u think it’s cruelty to impose a death sentence but to obedicate them and educate would be better

    Posted by medusa 12 on 04 Sep 2020

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    Straight Talk

    How has this worked over all the years that the death penalty has been dropped? It seems many come out even worse than when they went in.

    Posted by Straight Talk on 08 Sep 2020

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    Moongold

    No education can change a criminal's nature.

    Posted by Moongold on 04 Sep 2020

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    Barry

    In an age of the occurrence of so many heinous crimes inflicted on innocent people these days there is an increasing clamor for the death penalty to be reintroduced. Too often there are families who have suffered great loss in this country and the offender is released too early by a parole committee unsympathetic to the loss of precious family members. I am of the opinion that the old rule of an eye for an eye is the correct solution. More often a life term should be exactly that, a natural life term never to be released so that the criminal can be deprived of his freedom until death.

    Posted by Barry on 03 Sep 2020

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    Acid-Rain

    NO, and it should be reintroduced in countries that no longer have it. For certain crimes it should be used. Best place would be when they catch someone red handed murdering someone you shoot them dead then and there

    Posted by Acid-Rain on 03 Sep 2020

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    Koringanal

    The death penalty is an interesting punishment that tends to be quite Final in it application. There are some points in favour but the only one against is "What if You Hang the Wrong Person? That person is DEAD, cannot be Resurrected. The cost of getting it wrong is horrendous. It cannot ever be said "that it has not happened before", because it has. And often. These days you may see a story on someone who has been wrongly convicted and finally released after 15, 20 or 30 plus years. Those people can never get their lives back and the excuse that the Judge and Jury made a mistake does not wash. However they do have one advantage over the wrongly convicted and Hanged person don't they?

    Posted by Koringanal on 03 Sep 2020

  • [4] [1]
    Trevor

    No get rid the people who believe they have the right to destroy lives and families, the less we have to pay to keep them in the jails that have better conditions than some of the victims might live in

    Posted by Trevor on 03 Sep 2020

  • [4] [0]
    FijiCharlie

    Live in a country follow the rules and you will always be fine. Why should a minority be given exception to the rules?

    Posted by FijiCharlie on 03 Sep 2020

  • [4] [1]
    Moongold

    In an ideal, non-violent world maybe - but the fact is our world has reached a horrific state of selfishness, greed, hate & violence where even Police kill people not deserving death, children are raped & tiny toddlers kidnapped for sickening intentions. Those too old to defend themselves live in fear of being raped, assaulted or murdered but are left there to nevertheless try to survive as prime targets, being totally defenceless on our streets. Crime is so rampant we've become used to living with it and corruption in politics & law enforcement reigns. Plus of course many people are so deranged & out of control these days, especially from taking drugs such as Ice, that no-one is now ever truly safe. Without the D.P. as a strong deterrent there would be no stop on insanity simply ruling the planet.

    Posted by Moongold on 03 Sep 2020

  • [1] [0]
    Vincent

    I'm sorry to say that if the death penalty acts as a deterrent, by now no one in the World will be committing murder anymore. Fact is Murder and violence are more common in Countries with the death penalties like the US and most 3rd World countries than those countries without it like most western Europe and Australia or New Zealand. A case in point is Nigeria, where the murder rate increased astronomically after they re-introduced the death penalties in the early 70's. It's even worse now.

    Posted by Vincent on 09 Sep 2020

  • [3] [4]
    Brian

    I am strongly against all executions. There are much more humance methods of restoring the sense of decency to offenders. I strongly support Human Rights in this respect. BC

    Posted by Brian on 02 Sep 2020

  • [5] [0]
    Moongold

    Nothing except the grace of God will change human nature, especially depraved criminal nature. Think of the extreme suffering and life sentences parents and relatives of a murdered or raped small child have to endure, or even the loss of an adult child. THEY presently get the sentence!

    Posted by Moongold on 04 Sep 2020

  • [6] [2]
    alderwick

    death penalty has to remain its not inhumane do this after all what the criminal did was inhumane to an innocent person some crimes are so horrendous it beggars believe how any normal person could commit such an act they need to be got rid of permanently so they never commit another crime they took alife now they have got to loose theres its simple

    Posted by alderwick on 02 Sep 2020

  • [6] [2]
    Goetz

    very difficult. But in general I am for the death penalty.

    Posted by Goetz on 02 Sep 2020

  • [6] [2]
    Maria

    I think every country should have the death penalty. No point putting them in prisons & tax payers paying for them . If all countries followed the death penalty like many other countries, there would be lesser crimes in this world & a better place to live in

    Posted by Maria on 02 Sep 2020

  • [2] [6]
    marissaXCIV

    Yes... Being sentenced to life imprisonment without chance of bail is a far better justice than the death penalty. Let them suffer knowing they’ll never be able to leave. That then is their own living hell. And you’ll never be able to escape your own thoughts. Thats torture enough. Let alone what else would go on in lock up. The death penalty cheats people out of actually paying the price for what they did. Almost an injustice to just put them out of their misery whilst family’s grieve for the rest of their lives. Plus, what better are the people who actually have to execute the ones put on death row? Executors end up in the same category. It’s still a life. They took it. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Being sentenced to life imprisonment is taking their life from them. Let them self destruct.

    Posted by marissaXCIV on 02 Sep 2020

  • [9] [1]
    Shona

    No!!! The death penalty should be in every country & state. We would have a better world with it being a global thing. Pedophiles, rapists & murders may actually think twice before they do these devastating act's

    Posted by Shona on 02 Sep 2020

  • [3] [2]
    Old Man

    Life is a Life, No matter what a person may do. Man has no right to take a Life. Imprisonment for Life no release should be the punishment. Sad in Wars we take Lifes, all for the Flag or the course/ for the Crown/Country. How can man explain that, They can not. Man will huff and puff why the Killing was needed, Ask any person who has served their nation in a combatic role, Maybe surprised the answer is Killing did nothing to change anything , so why Kill.

    Posted by Old Man on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [1]
    shrott

    Man is not taking a life, the law is the custodian of the land, if you commit and act in killing a citizen, then the law will terminate your life.

    Posted by shrott on 07 Sep 2020

  • [1] [1]
    Pamela

    Yes it's inhumane especially cutting off heads and hanging

    Posted by Pamela on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [0]
    algemyone

    Prison (in Australia at least) is more of a punishment for the struggling family of the accused than the prisoner himself. Death is a pretty permanent solution, though, and what if the person wasn't really guilty? To kill someone is a crime; if the state kills someone that makes us all murderers, as the state represents us (or is supposed to). I don't think capital punishment is acceptable but can't think of anything except prison as an alternative. Any ideas?

    Posted by algemyone on 02 Sep 2020

  • [7] [1]
    Maggie

    The Death Penalty seems an adequate punishment for Murder!

    Posted by Maggie on 02 Sep 2020

  • [2] [0]
    Old Man

    THINK, "A DINGO took my Baby", and No one believed her. No reply required, Would DEATH be the answer. Only one person of many Found Guilty who did not do the CRIME. After the Hanging or what method they may use, To Late. to say SORRY.

    Posted by Old Man on 02 Sep 2020

  • [0] [0]
    Debbie

    each to there own opinion

    Posted by Debbie on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [0]
    Jackie

    The justice system isn't always accurate and people are found guilty when not.Violence and drug trafficking cause alot of pain to society..It all depends doesn't it how your the one affected.

    Posted by Jackie on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [2]
    Pedro the person

    Interestingly enough the Recidivism rate [re-offenders] runs at a rate of 75-80% if not now high. So the use of Prison as a deterrent is inadequate and expensive to say the least. Approx. $90,000.00 a year to keep them behind bars so they can then re-offend. Is Prison a real answer.

    Posted by Pedro the person on 02 Sep 2020

  • [4] [2]
    musicveg

    Don't believe in the death penalty. Too many people are charged for crimes they did not do. Those that are 100% proven to be guilty should suffer in jail and not get an easy way out so they can spend their life thinking about what they did and try to rehabilitate. A life for a life is not the answer. You kill someone because they kill someone else does not make sense. You are just as guilty for wanting a person killed.

    Posted by musicveg on 02 Sep 2020

  • [5] [2]
    Pedro the person

    Prison is not an answer. They languish in clean surroundings are fed three times a day and have better facilities than most people on the outside. It is supposed to be as a Punishment but that is a farcical truth. The taking of a life is not a true choice but some simply do not have a right to breath the same air as the general population. They were born bad and will never change which is unfortunate but true. Why then should society have to keep pandering to them when they will never change. I don't have an answer but the question needs to be asked.

    Posted by Pedro the person on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [0]
    Moira

    Yes it is not a deterrent However I personally have not lost someone or been a victim of a death penalty crime.

    Posted by Moira on 02 Sep 2020

  • [0] [4]
    RainbowSea

    The death penalty needs to stay in place and in a lot more countries. Just because it is there, there isn't a need to use it regularly. For completely heinous crimes like premeditated murder or rape and assault of the elderly and very young children, this type of penalty should be the norm. By having this as a deterrent should stop a lot of these types of crimes. I would also like to see whipping for graffiti brought in. My husband has a good idea. He calls it the '100 Year Rule'. If someone no matter what age commits multiple crimes, say 5 crimes and each one has a current penalty of say 10 years for example. If that person is now 30 years old and this added onto the 7 crimes committed then his total imprisonment should be 7 x 10 years + 30 years. equalling 100 years of age when freed. If this is the case it would be much cheaper for the taxpayer to put this person down immediately. Regarding parole, this should only be allowed in cases that did not involve assault or injury to another. An example could be thieving from the boss or damaging property up to a pre-specified value. If this method was adopted, then in theory the crime rate should fall and the prisons emptied immediately. This 100-year rule will also apply to repeat offenders of graffiti or stealing cars. If they are continually doing this then total up their crimes and see if the rule applies. In many cases the court case is unnecessary. If there is enough proven evidence that the accused is definitely guilty then no excuse is available and he needs to accept the judge's decision. A court case is needed when there is some chance that the accused could be innocent. Another point, the onus should be on the accused to prove his innocence not the other way around as it is now.

    Posted by RainbowSea on 01 Sep 2020

  • [0] [1]
    Pedro the person

    The use of the penalty doesn't reduce the crime rate. I am in agreement that it should be retained and used but the solution is far from easy. It must only be used as a last resort and the person must be GUILTY wholly and severally.

    Posted by Pedro the person on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [2]
    Ulysses

    Yes. People have been wrongly put to death. There would only be the rare case that the death penalty should be used .... Martin Bryant would be a case.

    Posted by Ulysses on 01 Sep 2020

  • [2] [4]
    Renette

    Yes. Everyone has a right to live, no matter what they've done. While alive they can ask for forgiveness and possibly be redeemed.

    Posted by Renette on 01 Sep 2020

  • [4] [4]
    NotNats

    No - and the death penalty should be brought back to many countries as most criminals out there that do horrendous crimes against humans such as murder, rape, Pedophiles, etc get away with just a slap on the hand a just a couple of years in jail. Then when they are release they continue to commit more of these crimes. Why should these animals live when they have destroyed other peoples lives. Plus if these animals knew that their life was in the balance they may think before they commit a crime.

    Posted by NotNats on 01 Sep 2020

  • [0] [1]
    kittykat

    Yes NoNats, I agree that there are some crimes that do deserve the death penalty such as those you mentioned as long as they can be proved to have committed those crimes. Too many non-violent criminals are jailed while violent offenders are released to kill again.Not that non-violent criminals should not be punished but that they should be made to pay in some other way. Being locked up with murderers etc., only teaches them ways to commit more crimes. There should be a special prison for murderers etc,where they should spend time till their execution also if they are given life it should mean just that till they die in prison.

    Posted by kittykat on 02 Sep 2020

  • [1] [2]
    Peter

    no, should be better laws and checks so that only the people that truly deserve this fate get the death penalty, then God can sort them out.

    Posted by Peter on 01 Sep 2020

  • [4] [2]
    jodie737

    Yes. It’s not our place to take another humans life. Besides, being in a prison, by which I don’t mean a luxurious prison , for ever, is far worse punishment because they cannot do what they desire to do.

    Posted by jodie737 on 01 Sep 2020

  • [3] [2]
    eddie1953

    No it should be reintroduced globally. Look at the crimes being committed and justify how these people have a right to live.

    Posted by eddie1953 on 01 Sep 2020

  • [0] [2]
    shrott

    tell the taliban, ISIS, ISIL and all the Africoon countries that give young men automatic weapons, tell the mexican drug lords..... It actually needs to be compulsory against millions of mongrels including all child sex offenders. Dawn needs to grow up and think globally. what gives a shark or crocodile the right to eat you

    Posted by shrott on 01 Sep 2020

  • [2] [1]
    Dawn

    no one has the right to take another's life, It doesn't matter what the tag is to legalise it,

    Posted by Dawn on 01 Sep 2020

  • [2] [2]
    eddie1953

    And what of people who murder? Tell them they are naughty and move on.

    Posted by eddie1953 on 01 Sep 2020

  • [2] [1]
    Kelstra

    Most Western countries have a policy of 'separation of powers' i.e. governments are separate to and have no influence over the judiciary. The reality unfortunately is not quite like that. If you elect to have have the death penalty what you are doing is giving politicians the power to kill people. Obviously most governments implement this policy responsibly but some most definitely don't. There have been countless arguments about innocent people being executed and numerous examples of corrupt law enforcement personnel and while these arguments are valid the fundamental question is whether anyone should have the legal right to take another person's life. Clearly the answer is no - very much more so when the people doing the taking are those politicians and corrupt law enforcement personnel.

    Posted by Kelstra on 01 Sep 2020

  • [3] [2]
    Alison

    I think the death penalty should apply to sex offenders and murderers and anyone who commits fraud against people or illegal acts like drug dealing or molesting children that are used for profit and destroy another persons life or family it sends a clear message NOT to make dumb choices for money and deters drug use

    Posted by Alison on 01 Sep 2020

  • [2] [1]
    Hieme

    A perfect example of the use of the death penalty in extreme circumstances, is the recent "Life without Parole" in New Zealand for the discriminatory attack and murder of over fifty people at a Mosque.

    Posted by Hieme on 01 Sep 2020

  • [0] [1]
    RainbowSea

    And for the rest of his life, he may be imprisoned but the taxpayer gives him free board and lodging and free higher education if requested.Does this sound right?

    Posted by RainbowSea on 01 Sep 2020

  • [5] [2]
    Rani

    No, Death Penalty should not be abolished as it is the greatest deterrent to the criminals. Criminals should be given death penalty for heinous crimes towards children and elderly people.

    Posted by Rani on 30 Aug 2020

  • [5] [3]
    SafetyCross

    As long as the correct processes are followed I believe the death penalty can be a big deterrent in preventing people committing crimes. There is probably a place for the death penalty in more countries for certain crimes. I would have no problem in the death penalty being applied in Australia for those who commit offences towards children.

    Posted by SafetyCross on 30 Aug 2020

  • [5] [2]
    Nkosicat1377

    No it should not be abolished as it is the greatest deterrent to a criminal.Don't let the culprits rot in prison for years waiting as this is a waste of time and money with all the appeals and court time!

    Posted by Nkosicat1377 on 30 Aug 2020

  • [4] [2]
    Gumnuts

    I'm not against the death penalty at all - in fact I think it's a great deterent. I think it should be used where there is absolutely no doubt as to the guilt of a crime and the death penalty is justified.

    Posted by Gumnuts on 29 Aug 2020

  • [5] [4]
    Inga

    I believe in the death penalty in some cases

    Posted by Inga on 29 Aug 2020

  • [4] [3]
    cazzle

    The death penalty is needed because there are too many criminals that are released from prison eventually and then they just commit another crime.

    Posted by cazzle on 29 Aug 2020

  • [3] [6]
    Charmaine

    Yes, the death penalty should be abolished everywhere!

    Posted by Charmaine on 27 Aug 2020

  • [5] [6]
    S

    The death penalty should be abolished globally.

    Posted by S on 26 Aug 2020

  • [6] [2]
    vegandelight

    Following the reports and studies shown on our own Human Rights website, which shows that it's far more expensive to sentence someone to death than it is to jail them for life, I'd say there should be more global support for abolition of the Death Penalty. I made a lengthy comment on this topic ten years ago on an international forum, but they recently deleted it. So I'd encourage everyone to download the pdf and read it before commenting here. However, I also believe in the sovereignty of individual nations and will not tolerate undue external influence, sanctions nor the like on their choices... it must come from within; from the people living there. Finally, I'd like to point out that of those 53 countries mentioned by the topic opener, there are many states within those countries (like the USA) who have abolished the death penalty, despite their country accepting it. The trend over the years, especially in the USA is towards abolition.

    Posted by vegandelight on 25 Aug 2020

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