The Larger World View & crimes

The good news is that the world at large is coming together to prove that the death penalty is an unacceptable proposition. The United Nations has declared itself in favour of abolition. Two-thirds of the countries of the world have now abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. In the United States itself, 13 states are now without the death penalty. The latest information from Amnesty International shows that:

  1. Ninety countries and territories have abolished the death penalty for all crimes;
  2. 11 countries have abolished the death penalty for all but exceptional crimes such as wartime crimes;
  3. 30 countries can be considered abolitionist in practice: they retain the death penalty in law but have not carried out any executions for the past 10 years or more and are believed to have a policy or established practice of not carrying out executions,
  4. a total of 131 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice,
  5. Sixty-six other countries and territories retain and use the death penalty, but the number of countries which actually execute prisoners in any one year is much smaller.

The debate over capital punishment has raged on long enough. The world is finally showing the door to the death penalty. In doing so, it is stating in no uncertain terms that the sanctity of life of a fellow human being is above the purview of all man-made laws. That only the giver of life has the right to take it back.


Amnesty International, 2003, United States of America, Death by discrimination – the continuing role of race in capital cases,. Library, Online Documentation Archive. [Online] Available. <http://web. amnesty. org/library/index/engamr510462003 > [February 28, 2008]