Running Head: Capital Punishment and Human Rights
Capital Punishment and Human Rights
"The Illinois moratorium on executions in 2000 led to 150 additional homicides over four years following, according to a 2006 study by professors at the University of Houston."
Whichever study you deem to be correct, the results are similar. The capital punishment does serve as a great deterrent. Whether the actual number is 3 or 25, the capital punishment serves and benefits society as a whole by saving innocent lives (Schabas, 1996).
I know my opponent will bring up this argument so I might as well write about it now. In Article 3 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, it stated, "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person" (Schabas, 1996). However, if we really followed this rule then society would greatly differ.
According to it, we would also have to abolish charging taxes and fines since they violate one's "security of person". We would also have to abolish prisons as a human rights violation because they deprive people of liberty. So the interpretation that abolitionists derive from Article 3 of the Declaration is illogical and contradictory (Schabas, 1996).
This topic propelled extensive research for arguments in favor and against the topic. I noticed that majority of the persons, who wrote, agreeing to the topic, mentioned that death penalty should be abolished because the Bible said so. This led me to go back to the Bible. I was amazed at what I found, in the Old Testament; the Lord said that it is okay to give a man Capital punishment if he has committed serious crime (Schabas, 1996). Then in the New Testament he said we should not take the life of...