In an attempt to curb drug trafficking, Thailand has installed cameras on its death row and intends to broadcast the final moments and subsequent
execution of condemmed prisoners. Amnesty International has criticized the plan which Thai authorities believe will help stem the trade in illicit
substances. With nearly 1000 people currently on death row, Thailand obviously feels that the death penalty alone is not a significant deterrent.
Cameras have already been installed at Bangkwang maximum security prison near Bangkok where nearly 1,000 inmates are facing death.
The broadcasts are designed to deter people from breaking the law and reduce the number of drug dealers, who face the death penalty in Thailand.
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Hardliners and ghoulish voyeurs may support this "kill the chicken to scare the monkey" tactic however I personally can't see the validity. With
so many prisoners on death row they run the risk of making the death penalty seem almost banal. Fear is rooted in the unknown and once the curtain is
lifted the death penalty may lose some of its deterrent value. Such a move would surely also tarnish Thailand's reputation in much of the civilised
No matter how many times you see death, the curtain is never lifted. You say fear is routed in the unknown, for some, death is the ultimate unknown;
seeing it doesn't stop you from fearing your own death.
Bring back the hangin', not show it on internet, but in real life to those people. Hell, we should bring back the hangin' on death row?
Drugs are a map to nowhere, the Beatles say 'Nowhere man' with nowhere plans.
I am going nowhere too.
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