Capital punishment — a little more conversation on a matter of life and death


7 December 2018

Some interesting statistics about the death penalty:-

  1. Approximately 106 countries worldwide have abolished the death penalty for all crimes.
  2. Approximately 36 other countries retain the death penalty for serious crimes such as murder, but have either not executed anyone in the past decade or have made an international commitment not to use the death penalty.
  3. Approximately 15  countries impose the death penalty for drug-related crimes, but according to human rights group Amnesty International, Singapore was one of four that recorded executions for drug offences in 2017. The others were China, Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Does capital punishment really serve a deterrent function? In particular, does it serve a deterrent function in relation to drug trafficking? The answer depends on who one asks.

But in any event:-

“When it comes to matters of life and death, there can be no margin for assumptions and/or doubt. No matter where one stands on the issue, it is absolutely essential that we examine the death penalty through a principled and evidence-based approach.”

-Eugene Thuraisingam

Read more in-depth by TODAY at the link below.

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