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No to the death penalty - ten reasons to abolish it

How many times have you heard the claim that the death penalty is a powerful deterrent? Or would the death penalty lower the crime rate? There is no evidence for theses like this. On the contrary: executions reduce respect for human life and make societies more prone to violence.

So that you are prepared for the next discussion, we have put together the ten most important arguments for the abolition of the death penalty:

  • The death penalty violates the right to life, liberty and security of the person.

  • The death penalty is irreversible. The danger of executing an innocent person is far too great.

  • A state cannot put itself on the same level as murderers.

  • Death sentences hit people in poverty or ethnic and religious minorities more than the average.

  • Executions are cruel and degrading. They lower the respect for human life.

  • The death penalty does not make the world a safer place. It does not deter offenders from crimes.

  • The execution of the perpetrators does not bring the victims back to life.

  • The death penalty prevents any chance of rehabilitation for a criminal.

  • Many families of murder victims also oppose the death penalty because it does not heal the pain of loss.

  • The death penalty does not address the root causes of crime.

Further arguments and detailed information can be found on the website of the "Coordination Group Against the Death Penalty" of the German Amnesty Section:

Arguments for and against the death penalty / summary (PDF)

Arguments for and against the death penalty / detailed (PDF)