Death Penalty Through the Eyes of Amnesty International

On the 10th of November the students of 3rd and 4th ESO attended an activity organized by the subject of Ethical Values together with the English department. The German specialist Mr. Darius Ahanin gave a Seminar on Human Rights and History of the Death Penalty to the students of 3rd ESO.

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Mr. Ahanin developed a historical introduction to death penalty in ancient times in places such as Iran, Babylonia or ancient Greece, where death penalty was the solution to all crimes: crucifixion, burning, hanging or beating to death. In Henry the VIII times more than 52.000 people were executed. Most crimes were sentenced to death in the 16th century. Today, however, things have not changed much for the populations of China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea and or the US.

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Amnesty International visited our school with the purpose of analysing what the Death Penalty really is, with arguments in favour or against to help teenagers develop their critical minds.

  • Statistics show that death penalty is not connected to the number of crimes that are committed, that is, the crime rate never decreased in countries were death penalty is effective as it is not deterrent to crime.
  • It is economically more expensive that any life sentence.
  • There is also a moral argument. Death Penalty is definitely vindictive in it’s core totally against human rights.
  • The very concept itself becomes cruel, degrading and inhumane.
  • According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the death penalty is inconsistent: Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?

After a Plenary Session the students of 4th ESO joined the group of Amnesty International to participate in a discussion which was very interesting in terms of opinions and argumentation.

Thanks to Amnesty International for letting our kids participate in such an important event.

noviembre 15, 2017