Argument: The death penalty violates the inalienable right to life
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2007 Vatican declaration on the death penalty made at the Paris World Congress against the Death Penalty. - Public opinion has become sensitised and has expressed its concern for a more effective recognition of the inalienable dignity of human beings, and of the universality and integrity of human rights, beginning with the right to life.
Hugo Adam Bedau. "The Case Against the Death Penalty". 1992 - Opposition to the death penalty does not arise from misplaced sympathy for convicted murderers. On the contrary, murder demonstrates a lack of respect for human life. For this very reason, murder is abhorrent, and any policy of state-authorized killings is immoral.
Amnesty International - the Death Penalty "violates the right to life".
Kim Dae-jung, former President of South Korea, Nobel Peace Price winner, The China Post, 2/26/2006. - Capital punishment goes against the foundation of democracy. To end a person's life even in the name of law clearly runs counter to the basic principle of human rights.