Friday, March 06, 2009

Capital punishment for children is wrong

As I've written before, there are few issues that would make me hit the streets in protest as fast as capital punishment. It's a capricious and irreversible form of punishment predicated on the illusion of infallibility of the justice system. When countries extend capital punishment to the underaged, that only underscores the tragedy for everyone involved.

Here is a local website established by a group of students at the school attended by my children. It's an online petition against capital punishment for children. Specifically they want to bring attention to Part 111, Article 6 of the United Nations International Convention on Civil and Political Rights which requires that the sentence of death shall not be imposed for crimes committed by persons below eighteen years of age.

This is a cause they have chosen to take on and it's a good one.

Please show your support.


4 comments:

The Mound of Sound said...

It's more than wrong, it's barbaric and sickening. At least the American courts finally (and I mean "finally") ruled that retarded children can no longer be put to death in the United States. It only took them 230-odd years to become that enlightened!

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