Death Sentences in the Gambia


Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, condemns the executions and planned executions in The Gambia, a country that hasn’t used the death penalty for nearly 30 years


  1. As Voltaire said, 'It is better to risk sparing a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one.' As a member of the human race, you should be concerned with the fairness/unfairness of the death penalty as well. Many regimes use it as a way to control through fear, not as justice. And as long as there is even the slightest chance of being wrong, the death penalty should be excluded.

  2. Friedrich Nietzsche said, 'Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!'
    We must always be on guard against those who would use death, torture or any other uncivilised methods to excuse what they call punishment. We are not gods. Our intellect is fallible. We make mistakes on a daily basis. That is why it is called 'human error'. We must be more civilised than those we seek to punish for their crimes. If gods can forgive sins, how can we not?

  3. How cavalier of you to say that. Would you feel the same way if it was you? Would you feel the same way if it was your friend or family member? The death penalty is an unnatural act. You say no on lives forever, yet you leave the fact of someone is taking your life out of the equation. They are not letting it runs its course. Life is a precious thing. We only get one. Do not be so easy to judge who should live or die. Someone might do the same to you one day.

  4. Just because something is law does not make it right. As human beings, we have a responsibility to the planet, the animals upon the planet and to our fellow man. When we sink the level of being a barbarian, all we have done is succeed in setting the human race back. And as far as your statement on salaries is concerned, Amnesty is a not for profit and volunteer organisation. Amnesty protects the rights of all people, even those who are asleep and do not realise they need protecting.

  5. @Babou who the fuck are you calling stupid? Can't u make a fucking comment and mind your business leave me with my opinion? Who the fuck are you? You dumb ass don't you know am entitle to my opinion? Why the fuck do u have to call me stupid for just sharing my opinion? And you call that freedom, claiming you want and democracy from Jammeh, I bet you anti Jammeh lunatics would do worst than Jammeh in human rights abuses if u were in power. Before you criticize the death penalty or condemn people who are in support of it, and have every right to do so, do question yourself about how the families of the victims who were murdered by those killers that were executed feel? They too deserve justice? Pound for a pound mother fucker! Get off my fucking back..

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