Originally Posted by Heavenseventeen
I won't be celebrating. I'm not sure if I'm for or against the death penalty but I won't be celebrating/acknowledging this day. I'd rather remember people who died during the slave trade or Holocaust victims or war victims than murderers.
Just because on a particular day the EU decides to pay attention to the death penalty, that doesn't mean that people can't remember victims of war/slave trade/holocaust/...at the same time. There's nothing wrong with drawing attention to various problems (small and big), is there?
I don't particularly feel sorry when somebody who has committed a terrible murder gets the death penalty but it's not always that clear-cut, is it? To give two examples:
In Iran, people have received the death penalty (public hanging) just for being gay.
In Nigeria, a woman received the death penalty (public stoning) for adultery
With these two examples in mind, I do think that it's worth thinking about the death penalty. If you decide to stop and think about the death penalty for a moment, it's not to honor criminals.