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Bravo Law Commission
"The Nation", 26 April 2000 - Leserbriefe

The Nation:
Keep it up Law Commission

The Nation:
Bravo Law Commission

Dear Editor,
In The Nation of February 17 and 21 I read that the Law Commission has recommended the abolishment of the mandatory death penalty in treason and murder cases.
I think it is an important step towards the total abolition of death penalty. Another very important step is that the law Commission wants raise the age at which a person can be charged for their crime from the prescribed ages from 12 to 14 years.
Malawi has made tremendous steps toward improving its human rights within the past few years. And I want to encourage you to continue your work.
As a member of Amnesty International, I know from various statistics and reports that capital punishment has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than the other punishments.
The use of capital punishments diverts attention from the need to improve the law enforcement systems and to address the underlying causes of crime.
The death penalty violates the right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as described in the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
And as judicial systems are fallible, innocent people may be wrongly convicted and executed before errors are discovered.
Executions afford no opportunities to remedy errors!

Martin Wismath, Germany
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