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International Response to the Death Penalty« Thread Started

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International Response to the Death Penalty« Thread Started on Dec 29, 2006, 5:38am » --------------------------------------------------------------------------------International Response to the Death Penaltyby Neena BhandariSpecial to the NNPA from IPS/GINOriginally posted 12/20/2006 SYDNEY — Over the last century, the world has witnessed horrific acts of brutality, but the international community still has not found a uniform way to provide justice and post-conflict reconciliation.Iraq’s deposed dictator, Saddam Hussein, earlier this month was sentenced to hang after being found guilty of ordering the deaths of 148 people in the mainly Shia town of Dujail. South Africa’s government established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission rather than prosecuting the leaders of apartheid.The United Nations Security Council established two temporary international criminal tribunals over the last couple decades—one for the former Yugoslavia and one for Rwanda—in response to acts of genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass rapes in those countries.At a conference, “After the War: Prosecutions, Pardons & Peace,” organized by the Australian Red Cross, an expert panel debated how a nation should respond to atrocities by studying the Nazi trials in Nuremberg, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Rwandan genocide and the trials of Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein.On one point, all panelists agreed: The death penalty solves nothing.“Death sentences usually emphasize a continued fascination with violence as a way to respond to problems. Thus, the cycle of killing persists and not much is learned. Murder by the state, as in capital punishment, does not contribute to the building of a civil society,” read at source> ... 721&sID=12