Murdering Prisoners is a Crime.

” War crimes: namely, violations of the laws or customs of war, Such violations shall include, but not be limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.”

visions4How many western industrialized nations
in the world today kill prisoners, murder
citizens, put children to death, and 
exterminate the mentally-ill?

This Only Happens in America…

Let’s change this shameful state of affairs.
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Capital Punishment- Abolish the Death Penalty
www.internationalpeaceresources.org/capitalpunishment.html

ImageCharter of the International Military Tribunal /
August 8, 1945:  MURDER AND ILL-TREATMENT OF PRISONERS

Article 6 (b) of the Charter
defines war crimes in these words:

” War crimes: namely, violations of the laws or customs of war, Such violations shall include, but not be limited to, murder, ill-treatment or deportation to slave labour or for any other purpose of civilian population of or in occupied territory, murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war or persons on the seas, killing of hostages, plunder of public or private property, wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity.”

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dp3Murdering people to prove that murdering people is wrong makes absolutely no sense.

If someone brutally raped someone or committed some other unspeakable crime…  the last thing most of us would want is for them to get off easy.

Those who commit murder should be sentenced to life in prison without any possibility of parole.  Then, each day they could suffer the fact that they doomed themselves to spend the rest of their days behind bars.  I see no injustice in making certain these criminals suffer because of the nature of their crimes.

dp4Otherwise, after a few days, months, or years in jail…
for no good reason… their suffering is ended.  These murderers, rapists, and other depraved individuals…
now being dead, would “learn” zip. I see no justice in sinking to their level of savagery, becoming a murderer by proxy, just to give them a free pass.

Capital Punishment (judicial homicide) does not deter crime.  We have definitive proof that judicial homicide does not work. Revenge is not justice and this venal impulse undermines the moral authority of the law.  Some claim the implementation of the death penalty may even increase the likelihood and frequency of violent crime. (see below)

dp5“To take a life when a life has been lost
is revenge, not justice.”

-Desmond Tutu

“It can be argued that rapists deserve to be raped, that mutilators deserve to be mutilated.
Most societies, however, refrain from responding in this way because the punishment is not only degrading to those on whom it is imposed, but it is also degrading to the society that engages in the same behavior as the criminals.”
-Stephen Bright, human rights attorney

“A society that respects life does not deliberately kill human beings. An execution is a violent public spectacle of official homicide, and one that endorses killing to solve social problems – the worst possible example to set for the citizenry, and especially children

dp6…The vast preponderance of the evidence shows that the death penalty is no more effective than imprisonment in deterring murder and that it may even be an incitement to criminal violence. Death-penalty states as a group do not have lower rates of criminal homicide than non-death-penalty states. Use of the death penalty in a given state may actually increase the subsequent rate of criminal homicide. Why? Perhaps because “a return to the exercise of the death penalty weakens socially based inhibitions against the use of lethal force to settle disputes…. ”

“OncImagee in use everywhere and for a wide variety of crimes, the death penalty today is generally forbidden by law and widely abandoned in practice, in most countries outside the United States. Indeed, the unmistakable worldwide trend is toward the complete abolition of capital punishment.

In the United States, opposition to the death penalty is widespread and diverse. Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant religious groups are among the more than 50 national organizations that constitute the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.”
https://www.aclu.org/capital-punishment/case-against-death-penalty

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An Alliance Portal:  Abolishing the Death Penalty dp7Capital Punishment, death penalty, judicial homicide, assassination, bloodshed, bumping off, carnage, execution, extermination, manslaughter, massacre, slaughter, slaying, mob justice, stringing up, the gallows, vigilante justice, vengeance, or murder by any other name.  http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/deathpenalty

It’s an uphill battle…  but the only way to stop killing, is to stop killing.
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