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Published on 26 Jan 2015 | over 2 years ago

The death penalty is the most extreme consequence most people can think of for a crime. Therefore, it should be reserved for the most unconscionable of all crimes. At least, that’s what you would think. Not all countries are as liberal as those in what is considered the “first world”. Some countries consider petty crimes like theft, and public intoxication, extreme offenses worthy of the worst punishment possible. Of course, as always, that is only if you get caught. But would you be willing to risk death to steal a loaf of bread?

Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976, and only 32 states in the USA still uphold capital punishment for extreme cases. In Europe, Belarus and Kazakhstan are the only countries that still allow the death penalty, although it is rare.

Some people believe the death penalty is the only thing that murderers and rapists deserve, but others believe in forgiveness, and that an eye for an eye will not solve anything. Besides, what would be worse, death, or being confined in a single cell for the rest of your life? Prison in a lot of the countries that uphold the death penalty have the potential to be a lot worse than death. For some, the death penalty ends up being a form of mercy.

Countdown titles

10. Saudi Arabia – Homosexuality
9. China – Tax fraud
8. Iran – Execution of minors
7. Iraq – Coerced confessions leading to execution
6. Yemen – Execution without trial
5. North Korea – Public execution
4. Sudan – Prostitution
3. Somalia – Adultery
2. Afghanistan – Apostasy
1. Turkey – Forced to commit suicide

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