Germany, along with France, has long led the anti-death penalty charge in Europe. European polls sometimes pose the question in terms of the death penalty for terrorism, for genocide, for depraved sexual crimes, and so forth. And in Article 5, it states: And overall crime rates in this country are now 40 percent below the all-time highs of the early s.
I see this as a call to politicians and the justice system to do more.
In fact, opinion polls show that Europeans and Canadians want executions almost as much as their American counterparts do. In a few cases, the reason is constitutional: They would have signed anything.
And elites know it. Inthe United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is a pledge among nations to promote fundamental rights as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.
Indeed, in much of the developed world. In Britain, the world headquarters of Amnesty International, opinion polls have shown that between two-thirds and three-quarters of the population favors the death penalty--about the same as in the United States.
Most blacks are decent people, but a sizeable minority of them commits a disproportionate amount of crimes. But, even if you ask the death-penalty question in the more straight forward sense--"Do you support the death penalty for aggravated murder?
Innearly 60 percent of American households fell victim to property crimes. This on top of the fact that we include deaths caused by self-defense in the murder statistics. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
What the Council of Europe did was to exercise the coercive powers they had over these young, fragile, emerging democracies who all wanted to join the big club of the Council of Europe with a view to joining the economic club of the EU in the future. Anyone with any amount of moral judgment and coherence would recognize and respect that difference.
Referring to France, a recent article in the UNESCO Courier noted that "action by courageous political leaders has been needed to overcome local public opinion that has remained mostly in favour of the death penalty.
Article was in fact the brainchild of a right-wing politician who sympathized with convicted Nazi war criminals -- and sought to prevent their execution by British and American occupation authorities.
It makes sense to exclude black murders to even things out because France, Germany, and the UK do not have a minority that commits 7 times per capita more murders then the rest of the country. Even Sweden, once the epitome of cosmopolitan socialist prosperity, now has a crime victimization rate 20 percent higher than the United States.
Among the economically powerful democracies in the Group of Seven, only the Japanese now have a lower victimization rate than the United States. In France, clear majorities continued to back the death penalty long after it was abolished in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote in For instance, in Article 3 it states: But if we were to follow that reasoning, we would have to abolish prisons as a human rights violation as well since they deprive people of liberty.
Since American candidates are largely independent and self-selected, they serve as a much more direct conduit between public opinion and actual political action. Parliamentary government may provide voters with more ideological variety, but it is much more resistant to political newcomers and fresh ideals which may support different political views.
Such large contradictions usually suggest there are other motives. Crime has recently hit record highs in Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Toronto, and a host of other major cities.
From this, abolitinists self-righteously declare that the death penalty violates both of these rights. Department of Justice found violent and property crime increased in the late s in every wealthy country except the United States.
Few of these countries had a debate about the death penalty before banning it to satisfy the European Union, so no popular consensus was reached. What the DP is, is a punishment for a human rights violation, not a human rights violation itself.
In other words, the newcomers succumb to political and economic blackmail when they join the EU. That is not to imply that blacks are inherently evil. Americans, on the other hand, have become much safer.
Another factor is the centripetal pressure created by European integration, as cornerstone EU states like France and Germany force smaller newcomers to adopt "European" standards, like abolishing the death penalty. Bruce Bawer, an American journalist who lives in Norway, had this to say about the attitudes of the European political elite: According to Interpol and the FBI this is not necessarily the case.
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Each execution deters an average of 18 murders according to a nationwide study.Download