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It might surprise you, but the United States is responsible for some of the most heinous human rights violations in the world. Our country loves to use the death penalty and we use it all wrong. Racism ends up becoming one of the key factors in how we decide to kill one another, and in many cases, we condemn others to die when another punishment would have been more appropriate.
That’s what’s driving the UN to get involved with the US this week. Two executions are causing international concern, and show that the US courts have a reckless disregard for decency and fairness when it comes to how punishments are distributed in our country. Our justice system needs an overhaul, but that will probably never happen because all of the attorneys and judges who are making millions through incarceration are never going to have the courage to do anything about it. BlackBlueDog.com tells more:
Christof Heyns, a United Nations human rights investigator is speaking out about two executions this week in the states of Georgia and Texas. Heyns is saying that the executions need to be halted because the two men are mentally challenged.
Heynes stated that executing a person who suffers from “psychosocial disabilities” was a “violation of death penalty safeguards”. He went on to say that their death sentences should be commuted.
Heynes cited the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Atkins v. Virginia which set the precedent that executing a mentally challenged person was unconstitutional. The ruling was back in 2002 and it clearly banned the execution of mentally retarded defendants.