How Millennials Perceive the Death Penalty

Today we will be interviewing 21-year old Evelina. Let’s hear what she has to say about the Death Penalty.

Tell us about yourself.

My name is Evelina, and I am a final year university student and founder of the campaign, Don’t Overthink It. My campaign is designed to raise awareness about chronic overthinking and indecision amongst young people.

What are your thoughts on the death penalty?

The death penalty is an outdated and archaic form of punishment for a crime. Living in a society where chronic overthinking and indecision is a modern concern (an issue that I address in my campaign), is a reflection of how far we’ve come in human development. However, the continued acceptance of capital punishment, which dates back to thousands of years ago, sadly demonstrates how we are not entirely moving forward.

Do you think the death penalty should be abolished?

Absolutely yes! However, I understand that capital punishment is ingrained in system of many cultures around the world. Taking care of more prisoners requires greater resources (both human and financial), of which many governments aren’t willing to invest in. Many people don’t believe in reform and rehabilitation programs for criminals that have committed the most heinous crimes. These are issues that we definitely have to discuss, as there should be more humane alternatives to the ones that are currently available. Worldwide abolishment of the death penalty is not a change that will happen overnight. We may even have to wait for another century.

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LGBT Americans & the Death Penalty

In this recent week, we have seen the United States adopt a stand against the abolition of the death penalty against LGBT individuals. As a first world country and a strong advocate of human rights, this decision contradicts past moves from the powerful nation. This decision made at the White House has caused a lot of controversy online across social media websites with human rights group and supporters against capital punishment.

Other countries that are allied with America for many other reasons, have also shown a disapproval for this decision and have also featured it on their media. To continue to execute people based on their ‘sexuality’ is outdated and should not be appropriate in a first world country that has seen a shift in social standards and norms in the 21st century. It is believed that America has decided to back out out of United Nations resolution as they believe it could affect their existing practice of the death penalty for all criminals.

In a world in which many gay and lesbian people are executed because of this status, this was a disappointing decision from one of the better nations. This is a tough reminder that universally across the world, discrimination is still a major issue. No place is free of it.

Johnny Depp – Death Penalty

It is important to us all that actors and actresses lead by example as they are role models throughout society. Young adults, teenagers and children are always looking up to these individuals who have heavy influences.

Johnny Depp is one of the most famous children’s actor in the 21st Century. He has starred across multiple films including Pirates of the Caribbean, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. Known as a people’s person, he manages to bring his amazing personality and sense of humour into each character he is involved with. Little do people know that there is more to Depp, than a comedian on a screen.

Depp strongly supports the global abolition of the Death Penalty. In April, Depp attended Arkansas Really and voiced his concerns to the public on this controversial issue. Using his status, he was able to bring high attendance amongst the crowd and public attention. Depp highlighted the current decision to execute ‘7 men over a period of 10 days,’ as a result of the practice being expired. He uses an example of the wrongly accused being sentenced to their death to express his disapproval and objection to it.

Hence, it is important that we have celebrities and high-profile individuals voice their concerns on capital punishment.

Terrorism & Capital Punishment

To better understand the practice of the death penalty it is important that we apply it within a relevant 21st century context. ISIS and other terrorist groups have shot to fame in the last few decades for their inhumane acts of extremity.

Did you know that the death penalty is also given by not government officials to civilians?

This is a key example in which capital punishment has extended its use to other groups including terrorists. However, the death penalty has been become controversial through the inhumane executions techniques furthered with the live recording and publication of these ‘murders’. Over the 2016-17 ISIS streamed videos of foreign prisoners killed by three unseen cruel methods. Hurling a large rock over one’s head, bounding one’s limbs together drenching them in petrol before setting them alight and hacking off one’s head with a knife.

As a Western nation we condemn these acts for their ruthlessness. But are we not the same?

Even though our techniques cause a quick death we are essentially taking someone’s life also. Killing a man is killing a man, however you want to look at it. There should not be a right way or a wrong way to do it.

My Mum’s View on the Death Penalty

So my mum is old-school. By old-school, I mean a 45 year old Asian lady who uses two index fingers to navigate through her phone. Her views are not necessarily like mine or yours, reflecting more of a conservative, traditional outlook on life. For example, she believes that guys should always pay when they take girls out on dates, being a doctor or lawyer is the definition of successful.

Mum, this isn’t the case anymore! I decided to have a chat with her to find out what she has to say about the death penalty.

So mum.. what are your thoughts on the death penalty?
Mum: Very good, people need to know their place in society. If you’re a criminal then you deserve to get punished for the harm and inconvenience that you have caused to others. If you rape a child, commit mass murder or are responsible for acts of terrorism you don’t deserve to live.

Mum, but what if some of these people are innocent or what if your son was the accused offender?
Mum: Well, the law system has few flaws. Innocent people rarely get accused, you see that most people who are convicted of crimes all have tattoos or don’t look friendly at all anyways. Also, I would be disappointed that I have raised a horrible son.

Uh… well thanks Mum!

 

 

Death Penalty – What crimes?

Good even folks, thanks for tuning into another blog post.

One of the toughest decision surrounding the death penalty, is its appropriate use for certain type of crimes. What makes someone a strong candidate to have the death penalty applied to them?

In most countries, this type of sentence is frequently used on offenders of treason, mass murder or rape. How do we differentiate who is condemned to this practice and who isn’t?

As you can see, there are a lot of mitigating circumstances and criteria that affect the decision on who gets what form of punishment. The death penalty is frequently used in Asia for individuals who oppose the government by voicing concerns and disapproval to government actions and movements. This ideology breaches the concept of ‘human rights’ in the 21st Century, making it a controversial issue.

Furthermore, the most common use of capital punishment has seen many murderers and paedophiles be killed. Whether this deters other possible offenders, is still a blurred area at current. There is no proven research or relationship that shows that the practice has reduced crime rates. Hence, is it appropriate that we continue this practice if it hasn’t been able to achieve its primary purpose.

 

Death Penalty in Movies

The Death Penalty is used throughout many movies in the 21st Century and has been accepted as a social norm. Popular examples of movies in which we were able to see this practice would be Pirates of the Caribbean and in particularly, The Green Mile.

In the Green Mile, John Coffee an innocent black American male was accused and sentenced to the electric chair for committing the murder of a white American girl. As the moves progressed, we began to witness the flaws in the American prison system as John’s innocence is realised. Despite all the prison wardens acknowledging and voicing their concerns, there was little to nothing they could do to change the verdict.

This primary example shines a light on the existing challenges that exist within the American legal system. Minority groups are belittled and encounter many difficulties with gaining a legal representation or an ‘innocent unless proven guilty’ status. Movies such as the mentioned are great reminders of the past practice, stirring emotions of viewers to object against its use. Its through this that society would be empowered and motivated to support for the global abolition of capital punishment after seeing innocently accused good men fall victim to this inhumane practice.

John Coffee was a good man, he did not deserve what he got.

 

Let’s talk about you and me, let’s talk about the Death Penalty

Good evening folks, let’s take a look at some reasons to why we should get rid of the death penalty!

There are four primary reasons to why the death penalty should be abolished. They are as follow; the risk of executing innocent people, the death penalty breaches human rights and respect, discrimination against victims and public opinion’s lack of influence on swaying the state’s use of the death penalty.

Execution of innocent people

Unlike a life sentence, the death penalty is unrepairable. With almost process that requires human effort or decision, there is possibility for human failure. What would happen if an innocent person was wrongly executed? A disaster.

The Death Penalty breaches human rights

This is nearly self-explanatory. In the 21st century, the death penalty has been viewed as a violation of human rights. Since when did another human have the right to take someone else’s life away? Never.

Discrimination in the sentence

Throughout history, the death sentence has been frequently used on victims from minority groups. These groups can be based of political, ethical or religious views. Do these people stand a chance in defending themselves against the broken legal system? Absolutely not.

Public Opinion’s Influence on the Death Penalty

In the recent case of the Bali 9’s execution in Indonesia, we have seen that the general public has little/no influence on government sentencing. For the public’s view to be justified in the courtroom, political figures have to show support for the movement. Will this ever happen? It has, just not in many countries that has state jurisdiction.

 

 

 

Death Penalty in Asia

Hi everyone, thanks for tuning into another weekly edition of Execution is not the Solution.

Today we will be looking at the active role of the death in Asia particularly. Everyone knows that Asia is famous for some of the most strangest but unique cultural experiences worldwide. From their range of amazing cuisines, to their traditional outfits and to their uncommon practice of the death penalty. What makes Asia so different to the rest of their world is their values, morals and beliefs. In Asia, it is a commonly believed that the Death Penalty is a deterrence of crime. Do you think this is true?

I do not think so.

Research has been conducted across multiple studies, indicating that the death penalty does not necessarily lower crime rates. It was through this, that we had seen many international governments cease from this practice, opting to use less inhumane alternatives. So why does Asia differentiate themselves from other continents, sticking to their own state jurisdiction?

Asia has been perceived to have been one of the most difficult country to penetrate and influence over the last century. Their rapid digital transformation and technological advancement has allowed them to attain their global position universally. They do not believe it is essential to adopt changes from other countries, as they are quite dominant themselves already. Hence, it is for this reason that Asian countries continue to utilise traditional practices and methods in solving existing issues.

So when and will they ever abolish the death penalty?

Most likely not. The Death Penalty is infrequently used in a majority of Asian countries, with its most prominent use in China and Vietnam. Over time, countries will start to follow changes in Westernised nations but knowing when this will happen is inevitable.

 

 

 

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