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Old 06-27-2012, 07:28 PM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It seems that, of all the continents, it is Asia where the death penalty seems the most uniformly common across most of the landmass, excluding Asian Russia. Even in Africa there are many countries which have either abolished it or haven't executed anyone in over a decade. Only a handful of culturally Asian (Middle Eastern, South Asian, and East Asian - Central Asia has that Russian influence) nations have abolished it fully, and of those all were fairly recently (Cambodia, Philippines, Nepal, Bhutan). Surprisingly even Japan has it in practice, although it executes so few people. South Korea hasn't used it in over 10 years. Of course, China is well known as being no. 1 in executions, with Saudi Arabia, Iran and Singapore also notorious for executions.

Do you think there is something deeply imbedded in Asian cultures which breeds support for the DP? I don't know too much about Confucian ethics, although I'm sure capital punishment/the death penalty was the norm in China and East Asian countries for most of it's history as elsewhere, but I'm wondering if this idea of a tooth for a tooth is pretty much ingrained from Iraq to Japan. Of course not that it wasn't elsewhere...so maybe Asia is just more traditional in this respect? I mean those places that HAVE abolished it, with the possible exception of the Philippines, have a low crime rate, including the Hong Kong SAR which has the lowest crime rate in all of Asia, lower than Japan or Singapore.

Do you think that in the next 10 years many nations will remove the statute for the DP/CP from their constitutions? I've heard support for the DP is extremely high in some Asian countries like Singapore, even Japan, so it doesn't seem to have popular support/it's not really seen as a big worry or 'human rights' issue like in the West. I think in those nations murders/executions are pretty rare anyway, but of course a lot of people still get executed for drug trafficking in Southeast Asia.
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