PNG Archbishop Proposes Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Archbishop Douglas Young of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea says that calls for the death penalty in response to widespread violence, especially against women and girls, is self-defeating. Instead he suggests:
What has to happen? Support programs that will help young men to find employment, identity, and satisfaction in life. Strengthen police capacity to find, arrest and prosecute offenders. Give the clear message, if you do this you will be caught and you will be punished. Change cultural norms that encourage the protection of offenders. Let’s turn our attention to policies that will genuinely address the plague of violence in PNG, not those that serve only to further brutalize the nation.