Should Thailand abolish the death penalty?
As 31 December 2011, 71 Thai male prisoners were executed by Department of Correction. Most of them are drug traffickers. At least 676 people worldwide were under death sentence in 2011. However, the 676 figure does not include the thousands of people who were believed to have been executed in China. Do you think that is right to put someone guilty to death? Personally, I do not agree with this legal process to put a person to death as a punishment for a crime. I strongly believe that Thailand should abolish the capital punishment. I have three reasons to support my opinion. In my view capital punishment is immoral, cruel, and inhumane.
First of all, Thailand is a Buddhism country. Lord Buddha teaches us not to kill any animals. How can kill humans who did something illegal. Is it better to give them a chance to feel ...view middle of the document...
In addition, every body involved can be psychologically affected. Not only the officers who judge the prisoner to death but also the killing officer feel guilty of their action. Furthermore, the family member of the executed prisoner will feel sorrowful with his or her death. Even the victim of the case will feel sad to cause someone to death.
Lastly, capital punishment is inhumane. According to article 3 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Right, “death penalty denies the right of life.” What’s more, as the European Union (EU) points out, “the death penalty is wrong in all case and under all circumstances.” I think it is not right for a judge to put someone guilty to death, nor does it have deterrent effect any stronger than that of other strict but humane punishment like a life sentence. Take Thailand for example, even though Thai drug traffickers must be punish to death, the number of drug traffickers in prison is increasing every years. According to the figure provided by Department of Correction, 62.10 % of all prisoners are guilty of selling drug.
In conclusion, according to information of Amnestry International in 2010, 95 countries worldwide had abolished capital punishment altogether, but some countries, including Thailand, retain the death penalty for drug- related crimes. Therefore, I think Thailand should also get rid of the death penalty as the way toward more civilized punishment which is moral, merciful, and humane. As the EU says, “we have consistently tried to prevent people of the world using it.”
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