TitlePeople are executed by the state every day.

The kind of crimespunishable by death differs from country to country. Some crimes punishable bydeath are: adultery, apostasy, treason, espionage and murder. By the end of2016, 104 countries had completely abolished the death penalty and 141countries have abolished it by law or in practice. Countries who have abolishedthe death sentence by practice have not executed anyone in the last 10 years,but they have not removed the law. However, the death penalty is still anactive means of punishment in a lot of countries. In which way can the UN andother international organizations influence actions like this? The first partof the text is going to discuss (SKRIVNOKKE OM STRUKTUREN TIL TEKSTEN??) INSERT TITLE(general info??/facts??/history??)The Cambridge Dictionary defines the death penalty as “the legalpunishment of death for a crime”.

 Onecan also use “capital punishment”, however, this text is going to use “deathpenalty” instead. There are many methods of executions. Methods like lethalinjection, hanging, beheading, electrocution and death by a firing squad arethe most used.

Hanging are the most common authorized method of execution,death by firing squad comes in second and, surprisingly, stoning in thirdplace. Even though stoning is legal by law, does not mean that it is the mostcommon method in those countries. The majority elucidates that they only usestoning for particular crimes, such as adultery, rape, incest and homosexualrelations/sodomy.  One would like to think that Norway was fast and early in the game ofabolishing the death penalty. However, this is not the reality. Although it istrue that there are a lot of countries who abolished the penalty after Norway,who abolished it in 1979, there are those who abolished it before. Norway wasthe 15th country in Europe to eradicate the death penalty and thelast of the Nordic countries.

Venezuela is considered the first country, whostill exists, to completely put an end to the death penalty. They abolished itas early as in 1863, and were closely followed by San Marino, 1865, and CostaRica, 1877. The latest countries to abolish the death penalty are Nauru andBenin, who abolished it in 2016, and Mongolia, abolished it in 2017.  INSERT TITLEToday, 55 countries, have still not abolished the death penalty. 2015had shockingly high numbers of executions compared to 2014, at least 1634people were executed, and three countries, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia,were responsible for 89% of them. These figures however, cannot include China,as the number of executions there remains a state secret. is estimated thatthousands are executed yearly there. IDK FØLE IKKJE FOR Å SKRIVE MEIR OM DITTA RN SKRIV MEIR SEINERE The death penalty is something many people have strong opinions about.

Some argue that the death penalty serves as a deterrent to crime. However, statisticsfrom countries who have abolished the death penalty, show that crime have notincreased. Additionally, in some of the countries, the crime rate has actuallygone down. Another argument in favor of the death penalty, may be that it isjustice.  


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