Monday, 19 September 2011

Our World Today, ABC Wednesday, J for Justice


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This building is called "Palace of Justice". It's situated in the Hague. It's also the place where the widow from three weeks ago will meet her opponent.


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The judiciary is independent and the judges irremovable except for malfeasance or incapacity. Roman law still is basic, but the judicial system is largely patterned on that of France. There is no jury system, and the state, rather than the individual, acts as initiator of legal proceedings. Administrative justice is separate from civil and criminal justice and not uniform in dispensation.



In most western countries death penalty has been abolished. This has been a political issue for a long time in many other countries, which have been members of the United Nations. There is a possibility that the capital punishment will be abolished before long.The UN adopted a resolution to adjourn the carrying out of death sentences.
Amnesty International says this is a historical and important move in the right direction.


In the cartoon a person says:"It's a rather delicate question " and he carries a board, saying "Death to death penalty". There are also people sorry to say farewell to the electric chair and the gallows.

Personally, I have always opposed capital punishment. Lots of innocent people have been executed in the past. A criminal might have acted under the influence of drugs and so committed a crime which he repents long afterwards. There are sometimes mentally disturbed persons, who obey the "voices"in their head for instance and kill someone. Should these people be executed?

The problem is that schizophrenic people like two of my close relatives, hear voices or see things we cannot hear or see. If they take medication they are very sensitive and kind people, because they need this medication just as much as any other patient suffering from a metabolic disease, because that's what it is.So they don't need to be executed but put on medication.
Sometimes relatives warn the doctor that their son, daughter, husband or other relative is acting dangerously. If doctors are wise enough to listen they help immediately and force the patient to take medicines. Sometimes however they are too late. These patients are always frightened and very lonely. I have seen this in my family and my heart breaks when I think how awful life must be or had been for them.

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29 comments:

The Weaver of Grass said...

I too am opposed to capital punishment Wil - for the same reason as you.
Your picture of the Hague brought back memories as we went there with our friends last year. What a beautiful city it is.

Sylvia K said...

I do so agree with you, Wil, and, like Weaver, for the same reason. Wonderful post for the day as always! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

It'll be a LONG time before capital punishment is banned in the United States, unfortunately, for I oppose it too.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

ρομπερτ said...

What a thoughtful entry of yours.


Thank you for this journey and the great images. Please have a good Tuesday.


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Arkansas Patti said...

I am hoping the widow gets her justice. Let us know.
I don't believe in capital punishmet either. I feel it makes us no better than the convicted and there is always the possibility an innocent person will be executed. I'd like to think we are better than this.
Parts of my county have banned it, some wear it as a badge of honor.

Vicki Lane said...

Wonderful post, Wil. There are too many unknowns in most crimes for so final a solution.

Arija said...

A very thoughtful post Wil. There seems to be some ineradicable bloodlust in the human race, they are bent on constantly killing each other in wars and by other means. It would be good to see the end of legal slaughter world wide.
You say your justice system is based on both Roman and Napoleonic law, does that mean a presumption of guilt rather than innocence until proven guilty?

ladyfi said...

I am firmly opposed to capital punishment and believe that violence only begets more violence. Also, it's been proved that it isn't a major deterrent that stops people from committing crimes in the first place.

Gattina said...

To my knowledge there is only the USA which still had death penality in our western world. All the other countries are Arabian, African or China.
I am against it. I think it is far more punishment to be locked in for the rest of your life !

Melissa Fletcher said...

Good one!!

photowannabe said...

Fascinating thoughts today Wil. I am very torn on the case of Capital punishment. I can see both sides.
I hope that the widow will get her justice. Let us know.

Jedediah said...

I would perhaps not be opposed to the death penalty in certain extreme cases in a world with a perfect justice system that didn't make any errors. There's an utopia for you...
But even then, I don't think a state should have the right to take a life.

EG Wow said...

I wish the widow all the best, Wil! I too think capital punishment is wrong. Way too many mistakes have been made punishing the wrong person.

Cloudia said...

I love your civilized country, Wil


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Dianne said...

A thought provoking post Will and a great post for "Our World Today"

Jo Bryant said...

Another great post for this week Will - I do enjoy coming to your blog - reminds me of my time living in Holland - which i loved :)

Kim, USA said...

I am also opposed in death penalty. For a criminal to do a crime rotting in jail is like death ^_^.


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Tumblewords: said...

Provocative post with fantastic photography and narrative. Thank you!

chubskulit said...

Throught provoking take on J Wil.

Indrani said...

It is a difficult decision.
People who listen to voices in their head and go on a killing spree are a threat to society. If they show no inclination to live well in society it is better they sleep.

eileeninmd said...

Great post! I do believe there should be justice for all. Thanks for sharing your world. Have a wonderful day.

Shooting Parrots said...

A thoughtful post with no easy answers. We aim for one law for all and yet we are all different.

Nanka said...

Interesting thought provoking post Wil and here we do have the death penalty for 'rarest of the rare' cases and possibilities of Presidential pardon too. But how do you differentiate rarest from other rare cases, beats me!!

My J Post - Just Because...

Abraham Lincoln said...

Wonderful post, Wil.

Genie said...

What a fine post....I am adamantly opposed to the death penalty. And tonight in Georgia what may well be an innocent man is going to be put to death. I shudder thinking about the this. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and those of the other commenters. genie

Meryl Jaffe, PhD said...

GREAT post, fascinating presentation of a very touchy topic. Loved the cartoon!

Paula Scott said...

The concept of justice is, I think an odd one. It is something that we all feel entitled to on some level or other. But, does it REALLY exist?
Thought provoking post!

Kay said...

I agree about the death penalty. We're really struggling with that in this country. Texas is especially notorious! It has to stop. If even one innocent died unjustly, that is too much.

Dina said...

Ah, so THAT is the Palace of Justice.