ISTITUTO STATALE "Eugenio Montale" - PONTEDERA (Pi)
THE DEATH PENALTY
Facts and opinions on the death penalty
The death penalty is considered by most civilized nations as a cruel
and inhuman punishment. It has been abolished for all crimes by 70 countries, for all but
exceptional crimes such as wartime crimes by 13 countries. 23 countries retain the death
penalty in law but have not carried out any executions for the past 10 years or more.
However, the death penalty continues to be commonly applied in 90 nations. China, the
Democratic Republic of Congo, the United States and Iran are the most prolific
executioners in the world. Indeed, the US is one of the six countries (including also
Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen) which executes even people under 18 at
the time they commit their crimes. The US is the country which has carried out the
greatest number of known executions of child offenders ( 13 since 1990).
What do you think about the death penalty?
Mr. Rinaldi (teacher)
Mrs. Tosi (teacher)
Mr. Mannucci (teacher)
Mrs. Gorini (teacher)
Mrs. Carmignani (teacher)
I think that the death penalty should be abolished all over the world because it is a violation of the most fundamental right - the right to life; because the possibility of error of judgement can never be excluded and because the death penalty is a cruel, inhuman and degrading.
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