Capital Punishment

Ukip MEP Has Finally Said It...

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK Politics

An outspoken Ukip MEP has used the 50th anniversary of Britain’s last execution to call for a referendum on the death penalty. Louise Bours, a na...

Do You Believe in the Death Penalty?

Neil Durkin | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Opinion polls already show slowly diminishing US public support for the death penalty and these high-profile horrors are surely tipping the balance still further... Capital punishment is a botched experiment with justice. If you still believe in the death penalty, it's time to change your mind.

There's No Joy in Middle Age

Paul Marshall | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Marshall

When you're 50 and above, there's a raft of conditions you're susceptible to. If you're a man, these include prostate cancer, high blood pressure and heart failure. One in five have a fatal coronary before they're 75.

Push Button Death - The Modern Myth of Capital Punishment

Ian Middleton | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Ian Middleton

Execution by whatever method can't ever be free of such unintended consequences, and denying their impact on the death penalty debate merely amplifies the suffering that the original crime began.

Botched Execution Goes Horribly Wrong In Oklahoma

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK

An inmate was left writhing in agony after an experimental drug execution went horribly wrong. The execution of Clayton Lockett was dramatically ha...

The Death Penalty and What It Really Means

Kat Hind | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

The true significance of the death penalty is as a symbol of man's inability to create a completely peaceful and civilised society. We can blame violent video games and television programmes for the violent crimes that appear in the news every month, but until we abolish a punishment that legally acknowledges violence as a viable means of justice, problems will continue to persist.

The Dark Side of the Planet: Where the Death Penalty Is King

Neil Durkin | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Politicised show trials, error-strewn and near-racist courtrooms, mistakes corrected decades after the fact, ethically indefensible overlaps between judicial and medical protocols, ghoulishly botched attempted executions... all these and more are actually fairly typical of the 21st-century death penalty, not rare aberrations.

GRAPHIC: Horrifying Video Shows Syrian Man Strung Up And Crucified

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK

WARNING, THE IMAGES BELOW ARE GRAPHIC: A shocking video purportedly showing a crucifixion in Syria has surfaced online following a Sharia trial. ...

The World's Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate Has Just Been Released

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

A Japanese prisoner who has been in solitary confinement on death row for more than four decades will now have a retrial to address deep irregularitie...

Man 'To Have His Eyes Gouged Out, Ear And Nose Cut Off After' Acid Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

A man who poured acid over a young girl's face and blinded her, should be sentenced to similar mutilation an Iranian court has ruled. The unnamed I...

'Strangling Has Been My Hobby Since Childhood, I Just Love My Job'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK

In a world where many employees bemoan the everyday drudgery of their job, it's nice to know one man loves his occupation. In an interview translat...

Death Penalty For Man Who Killed Toddler In Parking Space Row

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK

A man found guilty of killing a toddler in China in a row over a parking space has been sentenced to death. Han Lei said the killing of the two-yea...

Messed Up

Michael Rosenkrantz | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Michael Rosenkrantz

The world, especially governments, which come from people as I keep reminding myself, is out of control, and it has been for some time. A friend in a very serious tone recently said to me, "don't worry, God is coming soon."

Capital Punishment: Dying Out but Still Killing

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

It's a loose comparison, but sometimes I think that people who get executed these days are like those killed right at the end of a war. Another day, another month ... and they might survived. I say this because when you look at the figures for capital punishment around the world, you can see there's a strong trend toward abolition.

Counting Down the Years: A Film of Hakamada Iwao's 45 Years on Death Row

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The King Edward's film rather brilliantly deals with Hakamada's case by focusing on what the passage of 45 years "feels like", as captured by the anecdotes of teachers and pupils speaking about notable events in their lives during the years 1968-2012.

Capital Punishment - It's Not the Answer in a Civilised Society

Rob Atkinson | Posted 20.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rob Atkinson

Capital punishment is no easy answer. It is a barbaric, horrific and out-dated relic, tainted by the nightmare grisly ceremony of the whole process, something incongruous to a modern society and rightly consigned to the dustbin of history. It must never return.

Capital Punishment, If You Hang Someone, They Suffer No More

Gareth Milner | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gareth Milner

If we as a country brought back the death penalty, what of the risk of wrongful convictions? Could you live with the thought of being a juror who ended up sending an innocent man to his death? I certainly couldn't that's for sure.

The World's Largest Opium Supplier, and the Truth Behind Drug Trafficking Death Sentences

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Raj Persaud

Those in favour of capital punishment point out that if it's so obvious it's worse than life imprisonment, then this harsher consequence should logically be a stronger deterrent to criminals. This is a major justification for the death penalty.

If a Girl Does Not Want to Have Sex, Do Not Rape Her

Priya Shah | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Priya Shah

The message is clear - "teach your sons better". If a girl does not want to have sex, do not rape her. I think it highlights just how important education is in overcoming such an incident and ensuring it does not happen again.

Iran Hangs Israeli 'Mossad Spy'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 15.05.2012 | UK

A man has been hanged in Iran after being accused of working as a spy for Israel. Majid Jamali Fashi was executed after being found guilty of killi...

Two Years On: Akmal Shaikh

Sophie Walker | Posted 05.03.2012 | Home
Sophie Walker

The Chinese government never wanted anyone to know about Akmal Shaikh. They wanted him to remain one of the nameless thousands executed each year for crimes ranging from corruption to destroying cultural artefacts.

E-petitions Show Britain is no Hotbed of Angry Reactionaries

Stuart Bonar | Posted 20.12.2011 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

When the new e-petitions system went live all the talk was of the return of the death penalty. Those of us of a more liberal mindset braced ourselves for an outpouring of the most reactionary, kneejerk populism imaginable.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito: Two Names that Prove Capital Punishment has no Place in Humane Society

Patrick Garratt | Posted 04.12.2011 | UK Politics
Patrick Garratt

The Italian murder case that has gripped media in the UK, US and Italy for nearly half a decade took an incredible turn this week as Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, found guilty alongside Rudy Guede of killing Briton Meredith Kercher in 2007, had their convictions overturned. While the surreal scenes in and around the Perugia courthouse after the appeal decision resembled something out of a TV legal drama, replete with crowds hurling insults at lawyers and the stunned defendants being led through packs of suited men by the police, the chaotic case highlights again that miscarriages of justice do happen in the west, and that the lobby pressing for the resurrection of capital punishment in European nations should be held at bay.

Troy Davis: Sacrificing the Innocent

James Abbott-Thompson | Posted 22.11.2011 | UK Politics
James Abbott-Thompson

Hope descended into horror on Wednesday, as the US Supreme Court considered, and then rejected, a request from attorneys acting on behalf of Troy Davis to stay his execution. All the while, I am told, he was strapped to the gurney in the execution chamber waiting to die.

Death and Democracy: the Right to Vote a Life Away

Kerry Ann Akers | Posted 07.10.2011 | UK Politics
Kerry Ann Akers

Capital punishment discourse is complex and not reducible to an opinion poll or law and order debate, it is farther reaching than that and has the capability to effect the fundamental power dynamic between individuals and the government.