Target: Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister
Goal: Abolish the inhuman death penalty in Japan that gives people no warning and inadequate legal counsel.
The Japanese government continues to carry out its inhumane death penalty despite pleas from Amnesty International. Authorities hanged two prisoners to death this month, bringing the total of those recently killed to 14. Prisoners in Japan are not given warning as to when they will be hanged, and their legal counsel and families are not notified until the execution is completed.
The United Nations has criticized the country for its treatment of death row inmates, stating Japan’s legal safeguards are inadequate and alleging that defendants do not receive proper legal counsel. There is no mandatory appeal law in place for capital cases, and the U.N. contends that mentally and intellectually challenged inmates have also been executed or remain incarcerated.
Japan is one of only a handful of countries that still punish their criminals by putting them to death. It violates the internationally understood right to life. Demand an end to the inhumane practice of putting people to death for crimes.
Dear Prime Minister Abe,
Japan stands decades behind other countries when it comes to capital punishment. We live in a world where people recognize the right to life, even the rights of those who have done wrong, and 140 countries have abolished their death penalty. It’s time for Japan to do the same.
Putting a person to death violates the internationally understood right to life. By saying this, I am not attempting to take away from whatever that prisoner did to deserve punishment. However, an eye for an eye is an outdated proverb, and killing prisoners only places Japan on a criminal level as well.
Please heed the call of the United Nations, Amnesty International, and many of your citizens and abolish your country’s death penalty. There is no need for such an inhumane practice in our modern times.
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