Taiwan

Defending, not condemning Taiwan over deaths

I was a little surprised to see Taiwan in international headlines this weekend for its execution of 6 prisoners on death row. This act earned Taiwan some rare international attention via criticism from the EU (European Union) and human rights groups like Amnesty International. These executions, the first since March 2011, came after the savage murder of a child in southern Taiwan on Dec. 1. The killer said he wanted to go to jail (a true coldblooded psycho) and he knew that killing a child would bring him a lifetime in jail, but not death. This time, I would have to take Taiwan’s side in this debate. The death penalty shouldn’t be applied too liberally, but for people like that child’s killer, or those who gangraped a woman inside a public bus in Delhi, India, and then beat her to near death, death is truly appropriate and probably isn’t enough. Death is probably the most humane punishment that would be near appropriate, I’d think, since torture or amputation are outlawed (in most countries, but not all). The 6 inmates who were executed had all committed brutal offenses like kidnapping and murder, and even murder-cannibalism. When people commit ghastly acts like these, I don’t think you can apply regular human rights to the murderers who are in essence, forfeiting their own right to live.

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