Death Penalty and Its Implications on the Right to Life in Uganda.

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Kampala International University, School of law.
The study is aimed at reviewing Death penalty and its implications on the right to life in Uganda. The researcher used questionnaires, interviews, books, statutes, international instruments news papers and Wikipedia. The study has been favored by a number of factors and the main objectives being : I. To establish whether Death penalty violates the right to life 2. To establish whether there are other means of punishment other than death penalty 3. To establish whether or not death penalty as a capital punishment when given can prevent other criminals from committing crime Due to the above so many arguments for and against death penalty have come up. Some of the arguments for, with the threat of death penalty, the rate of murder decreases, crime rate increases with the abolition of death penalty, since most people fear death, they will think before they act, death penalty saves lives that is repeat murders are eliminated, others believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and those against it have this to say that death penalty are a violation of human rights because the victim is tortured, death penalty is an instrument of political repression, its irreversible, the defenseless and poor are victims. Recommendations: I) The government emulate the international countries in abolishing death penalty 2) To turn the convicts into economic assets through serious work and not waste resources in buying heavy and expensive machinery. 3) The state to sensitize the public where it feels the death penalty is of proper interest like it has done with contraceptives and immunization 4) Increase the level of literacy for the ignorant to be able to read materials on abolition theory In conclusion there's urgent need to look through the issue of death penalty being a punishment for one that has committed a crime or even the innocent as the case has always been. thus the need to make life imprisonment the mandatory punishment replacing death penalty which will give the criminals a chance.
A research dissertation Submitted to the School of Law in Partial Fulfillment of Bachelors Degree in Laws of Kampala International University.
Death Penalty, Implications, Right to Life, Uganda