Do people who are condemned to death really deserve to die?
Does any government believe that it can determine whether a human being deserves to live or die?
This work shows the absolute impossibility of the death penalty administering justice. Each of the lives pictured in this book has played its part in convincing me that it matters not a jot how terrible a crime may have been, the death penalty will not provide justice but only revenge.
This book takes a tour of five countries that retain the death penalty in its Criminal Code: The United States, Japan, Belarus, Malawi and Iran and shows how regardless of the degree of development, the majority religion or political color in power, capital punishment is racist, classist, opportunistic, ends the life of innocents and is used by the States as a powerful tool of governmental control and repression in the form of apparently legal extreme violence. But, above all, it is unspeakably inhumane and cruel. And absolutely incompatible with the defence of human rights.