Victims should always be at the centre of the debate on the death penalty. This book gives voice to a wide array of perspectives, including family members of crime victims, the wrongfully convicted and children of persons condemned to death, as well as judges, lawyers, prisoner staff and others whose job it is to oversee executions. Their testimonies make the brutality and trauma of the death penalty wrenchingly clear.
“The right to life is the foundation of all human rights. The taking of life is irreversible, and goes against our fundamental belief in thedignity and worth of every human being. I call on all world leaders, legislators and justiceofficials to stop executions now. There is no place for the death penalty in the 21st century.” – Ban Ki-moon