AI hopes for wide debate in Taiwan on death penalty
from the article by Dennis Engbarth in Taiwan News Online:
Moreover, Rife stated that AI had found that "the idea that the death penalty gives reconciliation or restorative justice to victims or survivors of victims of grievous crimes false."
While acknowledging that "it is very difficult to meet the emotion needs and expectations of victims," Rife said that "what people do want is justice and it would be sufficient if society and the government can work out a sufficient response to crime without transgressing world human rights standards."
The AI spokeswoman added that "there are also many relatives or families of victims who oppose the death penalty and do not want judicial killings in their name."
Rife also observed that public opinion in most Asian countries have an expectation that the perpetrator of a murder or other grave crime shows remorse.
"The execution of a perpetrator would take away any such opportunity," she noted.
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