"I would like to thank the speaker for allowing me take the floor and I apologise in advance for the length of my speech here but I have a few serious point I would like to raise.
I was the author of this bill when it passed through this place back in March 2015. It is a piece of legislation that I am truly proud of, and our region should be proud that it stands on such a moral high ground when it comes to providing justice to the people of this European Union.
I believe in justice, I believe in the rule of law, I also believe that as nation states indeed as a region we should respect these principles and set examples to our own people. Therefore if we do not accept it that our citizens kill each other then we should not permit state sanctioned killing either. This is what execution is, state sanctioned killing. State sanctioned murder. It is my personal view that states which execute their citizens are no better than the people they they are putting to death. The responsibility of the state is to preserve life. This is done through providing education and healthcare, through proper policing and through the defence of our nations by the armed forces. Indeed we have even enshrined it within the European Union Constitution through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that everyone has a right to life. What gives our states the right to take someone’s life from them? Regardless of the crime they have committed, everyone should have a second chance and in this case I'm not talking about a long appeals process where a person is stuck in limbo for three decades. I am talking about a chance to change themselves for the better in prison with the possibility of release in the future.
It is currently process in Davishire that only people who have committed the worst sentences are sentenced to whole life terms of imprisonment. Currently we have about 500 of these people in custody. Other people convicted of murder and rape are serving varying terms of imprisonment where they are helped by the state and other organisations to change. Rehabilitation, this is the principle that should be at the core of all our justice systems rather than punishment as is the case with execution. People change everyday, our views change, our attitudes change and the way we behave changes. I can safely say that I am not the same kind of person I was some eighteen months ago when I penned this bill, and I have no doubt whatsoever that someone sentenced to death will change. Admittedly we get cases where people are unable to change due to mental illness but this is where compassion sets in. If someone has a mental illness we should treat it rather than ignoring it and killing the individual. And in many cases, particularly where a murder was planned in detail or where multiple people were killed is as a result of someone having mental illness and the state sanctioned killing these people is not right. State sanctioned murder of these people is not right.
Another point I wish to make Mr Speaker is that of miscarriages of justice. There is not one nation here in this council chamber that can legitimately claim to have never had a single miscarriage of justice. Not one. And if you do, I say Mr Speaker, that they are lying to every single one of us here. Not only are they lying to us but they are lying to themselves and the very people they are here to represent. A person in prison can be released if they are later found innocent whether this be through an appeals process or as has happened on multiple occasions throughout the last few decades in Davishire, as a result of new technology and methods of investigation. Admittedly, someone wrongly imprisoned for say 20 years will have suffered much. The torture of being detained against there will having not committed an offence is an experience I do not wish to have myself. But the matter here is about the fact that in some states, these people would have been killed long ago. There are cases where someone can be convicted of an offence where it is certain that they themselves have committed the offence but in others it cannot be guaranteed. There is nothing that any state can do to guarantee that innocent people will not be executed. There is no guarantee that states which practice capital punishment can prevent the state sanctioned murder of innocent people.
Another of my concerns is about how executions are carried out when they do take place. Admittedly the region shouldn’t have seen an execution since March last year however I do remember an occasion when Inimicus sentenced some of its people to terrible punishments including Immurement. I don’t know it what world immurement is considered a good form of capital punishment but it doesn’t reach the high moral standards that we as a region have set our selves. Moral standards which do not permit the state sanctioned murder of people.
Many here have talked about the issue of national sovereignty and the matter that different nations have different cultures and ethics when it comes to these matters. I have to say that this argument, is in my case not a very solid one for many of these nations. I will refer the honourable members in this chamber to the Cannabis Act 2015 which was passed shortly after this bill and was indeed going through the legislative process at exactly the same time as this bill was working it's way through these hallowed halls. It is in my opinion, and I am sure the opinion of others, that the Cannabis Act 2015 is invasive in a way that is worse. The Cannabis Act is a minor issue regarding the recreational use of drugs in a way which should be done by local member states, execution is a matter of human rights and life and death.
Now I mustn't talk any longer otherwise it would waste parliamentary time but I shall make one final point. Our union is in crisis, Inquista and Inimicus are beginning to drift away, there is the possibility that the Davishirian Government will withdraw from the union completely and I believe that if this region repeals this act it will only hasten the regions demise. Although I do not talk for His Majesty’s Government I can say that the appetite for remaining in this union will drop significantly is this act is repealedl from the EU statute books. I advise all the honourable members and my former colleagues to vote against this repeal tonight.