The death penalty is wrong

I am against the death penalty in all cases.

And yet, Kevin Rudd, I do feel for people who lost family members and friends in the Bali bombings.

The two positions are not mutually exclusive. In fact, for me, the two are inextricably intertwined.

“The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It violates the right to life. It is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent. It has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishments.” Amnesty International.

10 October is World Day against the Death Penalty. The World Coalition against the Death Penalty will focus on the proposed UN General Assembly resolution for a universal moratorium on executions. You can read more about it and sign the international petition at their website. I’ll be doing it even if Kevin Rudd isn’t.

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