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GENEVA, JANUARY 6 - The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights has today expressed alarm over the ''significant'' increase in the use of the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. The number of executions almost tripled last year compared with 2010, said UN High Commissioner on Human Rights spokesman Rupert Colville in citing a number of reports.
According to data from organisations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the number of executions went from 27 in 2010 to over 70 in 2011, noted Colville.
edit on 6-1-2012 by isyeye because: (no reason given)
3242 people in the United States currently are under a death sentence. Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, 1266 men, women, children, and mentally ill people have been shot, hanged, asphyxiated, lethally injected, and electrocuted by States and the federal government.
Mounting evidence shows that innocent people have been sentenced to death and that serious legal errors infect the administration of capital punishment. For every eight people executed in this country, one innocent person on death row has been identified and exonerated. In response to growing concerns about reliability, many states have suspended executions or experienced a decline in the use of capital punishment, but most southern states have continued to condemn and execute large numbers of people who disproportionately are poor and racial minorities.
The death of any innocent person is a tragedy, even one. But I'm not sure that the word "many" conveys a correct impression. I think I might have changed that word.
Many people are executed in the US that are later found to be innocent.
The Death Penalty Information Center (U.S.) has published a list of 8 inmates "executed but possibly innocent". At least 39 executions are claimed to have been carried out in the U.S. in the face of evidence of innocence or serious doubt about guilt.
I may be misunderstanding you but our legal system is operated by people, people who are never 100% fool proof. There can be no justice system which is that good.
'No man or woman, anywhere in the world, should be executed unless thier guilt of a terrible crime is proven 100% . . . . no room for error should be had
Taking someone's life is something that should be weighed carefully.....