Essay about Capital Punishment Is A Human Rights Issue

1093 Words Nov 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Capital punishment is a Human Rights Issue. A human deserves the right to life as human life is so valuable. Archbishop Desmond Tutu tells us that ‘To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge it is not justice. Is it justifiable for those who tell us murder is terrible to repeat that murder – in cold blood?
It is said that all people everywhere have the same rights which no one – not even authority – should take away from us. In 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created. One of the rights put in place was that Everyone 's right to life shall be protected by law - and that means everyone. Our lives should be preserved not destroyed. I believe that you should not destroy these valuable lives regardless of the offender’s bad conduct. Even those who have committed the most terrible crimes; should not be deprived of this right. Arthur Koestler and Clarence Darrow argued that human beings never act freely and thus should not be punished for even the most horrific crimes. Sentencing a person to death and ending their lives violates that right that each one of us has and deserves. It is barbaric. Sentencing someone to death denies people their right to live - denies their human rights.
However, some may say that a person can forfeit this human right by their actions, and that by doing this they forfeit their right to life. It is often said by the justice system ‘An eye for an eye’ which is found in the Old Testament implying that all murders shall be…

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