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EU ambassadors encourage Thailand to end executions

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is for authoritarian countries and not democracies, delegates from the European Union stressed yesterday as they urged Thailand to abandon prisoner execution. On the occasion of the European and World Day against the Death Penalty, the European Union in Thailand held a panel discussion on the topic “The Global Trend towards Abolishing the Death Penalty: Implications for Thailand”. The discussion aimed to underline the ethical problems surrounding capital punishment, along with its inefficiency in preventing violent crimes and ensuring justice. In his opening remarks to the meeting, the European Union’s Ambassador to Thailand, Pirkka Tapiola, said the EU was one of the major supporters of the campaign to end capital punishment and was working constructively towards that goal with other members of the global community. Despite the global trend now moving towards ending capital punishment, Tapiola said there was a negative development in June when Thailand – which had long refrained from executing prisoners – resumed the practice. “Capital punishment is not the way to go,” he stressed. “Throughout the world, two-thirds of the global community has already abolished capital punishment, because it not only infringes on the most fundamental principle of human rights – the right to live – but it is also ineffective at preventing crime.” In contrast to many people’s view that severe punishment such as the death sentence could scare criminals and reduce the crime rate, studies have proven that the death penalty cannot guarantee a safer society. “We can see the examples in Europe, where all countries except for Belarus have stopped executing prisoners, yet many European states have a very low crime rate,” he |said. Emilio de Miguel Calabia, Spain’s Ambassador to Thailand, spoke of his country’s experience as it set out to abolish the death penalty. Spanish citizens saw capital punishment... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, EU ambassadors encourage Thailand to end executions, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you EU ambassadors encourage Thailand to end executions

 

 

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Published By: Samui Times - Thursday, 11 October

 

 

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