Moving Away From The Death Penalty: Arguments, Trends And Perspectives

Moving Away From The Death Penalty: Arguments, Trends And Perspectives

by United Nations Publications (Editor)



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789211542158
Publisher: United Nations
Publication date: 10/29/2015
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.01(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General 6

Introduction - An Abolitionist's Perspective Ivan Šmnonovic 8

Chapter 1 Wrongful Convictions 22

Without DNA evidence I'd still be behind bars Kirk Bloodsworth 24

DNA evidence casts light on flaws in system Brandon Garrett 30

In the United States, growing doubts about the death penalty Gil Garcctti 39

Wrongful convictions and miscarriages of justice in death penalty trials in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia Saul Lehrffeund 48

Chapter 2 Myth of Deterrence 66

Deterrence and public opinion Carolyn Hoyle Roger Hood 68

Deterrence and the death penalty in international perspective Jeff Fagan 84

Chapter 3 Discrimination 100

The terrors of prison fade slowly Damien Echols 103

Damien Echols and the West Memphis Three Case Stephen Braga 107

Imposition of the death penalty upon the poor, racial minorities, the intellectually disabled and the mentally ill Stephen Bright 115

The death penalty in the Commonwealth Carribean: Justice out of reach? Arif Bulkan 130

The death penalty in India: Down a slippery slope Usha Ramanathan 150

The death penalty in Botswana: Barriers to equal justice Alice Mogwe 170

The death penalty in Zimbabwe: Legal ambiguitites Innocent Maja 180

Chapter 4 Values 184

Death penalty: victims' perspective Sister Helen Prejean 187

World religions and the death penalty Mario Marazziti 192

The death penalty as a human lights issue Nigel Rodley 204

The right to life and the progressive abolition of the death penalty Christof Heyns Thomas Probert 214

Towards a moratorium on the death penalty Paul Bhatti 227

Chapter 5 Leadership 234

Leadership and the abolition of the death penalty Federico Mayor 236

Vox populi, vox dei? A closer look at the 'public opinion' argument for retention Mai Sato 250

Federal Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Leadership through dialogue H.E. Mr. Didier Burkhalter 259

President of Mongolia, Mongolia honours human life and dignity H.E. Mr. Tsakhia Elbegdorj 266

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Inter national Development of France, Towards universal abolition of the death penalty Laurent Fabius 268

Former President of the Republic of Tunisia, Challenges related to abolition of the death penalty in Arab and Islamic Countries: Tunisia's model Mohamed Moncef Marzouki 272

President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, The role of leadership Prime Minister Matteo Renzi 276

President of the Republic of Benin, A fight for the progress of humanity H.E. Dr. Boni Yayi 282

Chapter 6 Trends and Perspectives 284

Global death penalty trends since 2012 Salil Shetty 286

Afterword Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 295

Acknowledgements 297

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