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Death Penalty Essay

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Abstract

The essay outlines the arguments for abolishing the death penalty, also including any counter arguments that can be used for a use of the death penalty. The arguments made in this essay for death-penalty abolition are its devaluation of human life, eliminating of the possibility for revenge, its violation of human rights, as well as including the view of religious groups. This essay argues that all of these arguments address that human life cannot be taken away from a person, even if the person is a murder, simply because then the society is not being better than the murder him- or herself. I have investigated many research and scientific studies in order to back up my arguments ...view middle of the document...

Since childhood on we are being taught that violence is not the answer and that murder is sin regardless of being religious or not. The death penalty goes against everything our parents, and family had taught us. If murder is illegal then why should death penalty not be considered criminal, as well? Although some people think that murders should pay the price for their wrongdoing, I believe that the death penalty violates the human rights and therefore it is not an appropriate solution to punish murders. This essay will go in detail into every argument and counterargument regarding the death penalty.

As I have aforementioned, the death penalty violets the human rights, as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human rights. Article 3 states that “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”[1], also another article (5) states, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”[2] Therefore the death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights.? However, supporters of death penalty argue their view that if someone murders a person than he or she has given up their human rights in society, and that it fits the crime because if you have killed someone, you should be killed too. Nevertheless this seems for me as a mere act of revenge, and therefore vengeance has no place in the justice system. I mean, we also do not allow raping the rapist, or torturing the torturer, so why should it be different with a murder? Although supporters argue that the family of the victim could be relieved when the convicted criminal is put to death. However, this pain and suffering cannot be healed simply through the retribution of capital punishment or by vengeance. Encouraging motives for revenge, as allowing death penalty is a form of 'pay-back.', that only leads to a chain reaction of killing, and will not either way bring the dead person back. Therefore killing criminals cannot overcome crime, nor will it bring back the person by ending the life of the person convicted of their murder. Not only that but death penalty is also denounced in almost every religion. “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse... Repay no one evil for evil... do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I Will repay," says the Lord." Rom. 12:14, 17, 19”[3] This quote from the Bible shows that only God can take away a life, as he created it, therefore by using death penalty, the person who sentences the murder, is not better than the murder himself. Furthermore all major world religions emphasize mercy, compassion and forgiveness in their teachings, which reflects again that you need to forgive the murder, respect and love him as everyone else.

The usual method of carrying it out death penalty is using the lethal injection. Supporters of the death penalty say that by using this method it is the most safest and painless method....

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