Global overview[ edit ] Historically, capital punishment has been used in almost every part of the world.
History Anarchist Auguste Vaillant guillotined in France in Execution of criminals has been used by nearly all societies since the beginning of civilizations on Earth.
The use of formal execution extends to the beginning of recorded history. Most historical records and various primitive tribal practices indicate that the death penalty was a part of their justice system. Communal punishment for wrongdoing generally included compensation by the wrongdoer, corporal punishmentshunningbanishment and execution.
Usually, compensation and shunning were enough as a form of justice. A blood feud or vendetta occurs when arbitration between families or tribes fails or an arbitration system is non-existent. This form of justice was common before the emergence of an arbitration system based on state or organized religion.
It may result from crime, land disputes or a code of honour. In most countries that practise capital punishment it is now reserved for murderterrorismwar crimesespionagetreasonor as part of military justice. In some countries sexual crimes, such as rapefornicationadulteryincest and sodomycarry the death penalty, as do religious crimes such as Hudud and Qisas crimes, such as apostasy formal renunciation of the state religionblasphemymoharebehhirabahFasadMofsed-e-filarz and witchcraft.
In many countries that use the death penaltydrug trafficking is also a capital offence. In Chinahuman trafficking and serious cases of corruption and financial crimes are punished by the death penalty.
In militaries around the world courts-martial have imposed death sentences for offences such as cowardicedesertioninsubordinationand mutiny. Elaborations of tribal arbitration of feuds included peace settlements often done in a religious context and compensation system.
Compensation was based on the principle of substitution which might include material for example, cattle, slave compensation, exchange of brides or grooms, or payment of the blood debt. Settlement rules could allow for animal blood to replace human blood, or transfers of property or blood money or in some case an offer of a person for execution.
The person offered for execution did not have to be an original perpetrator of the crime because the system was based on tribes, not individuals. Blood feuds could be regulated at meetings, such as the Norsemen things. One of the more modern refinements of the blood feud is the duel.
In certain parts of the world, nations in the form of ancient republics, monarchies or tribal oligarchies emerged. These nations were often united by common linguistic, religious or family ties. Moreover, expansion of these nations often occurred by conquest of neighbouring tribes or nations.
Consequently, various classes of royalty, nobility, various commoners and slave emerged. Accordingly, the systems of tribal arbitration were submerged into a more unified system of justice which formalized the relation between the different "classes" rather than "tribes".
The Torah Jewish Lawalso known as the Pentateuch the first five books of the Christian Old Testamentlays down the death penalty for murder, kidnappingmagicviolation of the Sabbathblasphemyand a wide range of sexual crimes, although evidence suggests that actual executions were rare.
The Romans also used death penalty for a wide range of offences.Latest environmental news, features and updates. Pictures, video and more. The following is a summary of the use of capital punishment by country. Contents. Global Opinion polls state sentiment for governments to return to capital punishment remains high in many Caribbean countries and pressure on politicians to retain it factors high.
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