The Guardian.co.uk reported that China moves to reduce number of crimes punishable by death. Considering that in 1980, China had no legal system much has been accomplished and more is yet to come.
I agree that some of the crimes that warrant the death penalty in China are unfair for the crime committed, but China is not a Western country and the history of China prior to Communism shows that convicted criminals were often executed for a long list of nonviolent crimes.
Call me an Old Testament man. I believe if someone is convicted with overwhelming evidence of a brutal crime, he or she should face punishment equal to or worse than the crime they committed.
A trial for first-degree murder should end in a swift execution.
Face it, there are convicted criminals who cannot be allowed out of prison. Instead of locking them up for decades at a high cost to honest hardworking taxpayers, the criminals should be executed.
The Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “Recognition of inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” Source: Human Rights Here and Now
I disagree with the term “all members” of the human family. Some criminals forfeit that right due to the nature of his or her crimes.
In forty-six American states and the District of Columbia, convicted criminal offenders are denied the right to vote while serving a sentence in prison. Thirty-nine states also disenfranchise felons on parole and twenty-nine disenfranchise those on probation.
In fourteen states, even ex-offenders who have served their sentences remain barred for life from voting. Source: The Sentencing Project
However, there is pressure on the United States to go easier on ex-offenders and allow them to have the right to vote again.
In fact, almost every country is changing due to pressure from human rights groups. I don’t oppose what the human rights groups are doing yet slavery didn’t end during the American Civil War. Why isn’t more being done to end slavery?
Today, more than 27 million men, women and children endure brutal working conditions for no money and under the constant threat of beatings, torture and rape. Source: iAbolish.org
All a slaver has to do is make sure he or she lives in a country that, at worst, will lock him or her up for life and provide free shelter, free food and free medical—something that China doesn’t do for these types of crimes.
Do you believe pampering hard-core criminals is going to change them? Maybe theWest should consider what “human rights” looks like in a collective culture as opposed to individualism.
Sign up for an RSS Feed for iLook China