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Lethal injection 'still means death'
Religious leaders call for end to capital punishment, not just new method of execution
- ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh City
- September 26, 2011
At the very least itâ€™s a move in the right direction, but it still involves taking a life,â€ť said Thai Tho Thanh, head of Cao Dai Temple of Sai Gon in Ho Chi Minh City.
Cao Dai is an indigenous Vietnamese religion that incorporates elements of major western and eastern religions.
â€śInjections are a more humane method of execution and less painful for those being executed,â€ť Thanh noted.
However, I hope that in the near future the government â€świll abolish the death penalty and impose lengthy sentences that give people an opportunity turn their lives around,â€ť he said.
On September 20, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved a resolution that will see the introduction of lethal injections on November 1.
The sentence will involve the use of three drugs -- sodium thiopental to anesthetize the condemned, pancuronium bromide to paralyze the nervous system and muscles, and potassium chloride to stop the heart.
A priest from Ho Chi Minh City said the death sentence in whatever form is still wrong.
Life sentences show a respect for the right to life since â€ślife is given by Godâ€ť and people have no right to end their own life or others, said the 58-year-old priest who wished to remain anonymous.
â€śForgiveness and tolerance can help change a sinnerâ€™s attitudes and lead them to live a good life,â€ť he said.
Noting Buddhism teaches people not to kill living things, Nguyen Van Dung, a Buddhist, said the death penalty should be abolished since life must be respected.
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