Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Capital punishment

Formal and informal texts

The differences between informal and formal text is that a formal text is objective. No personal opinions or feelings are allowed. You write in a third person style. You don't write to someone special, but to a big and unknown audience. 

An informal text may contain opinions and personal inputs. An informal text is perfect for discussions and lines for a theme. Here you can apply to someone special and give a special person your meaning about what she or he said. 

Informal text

I have chosen to write about Capital punishment because I think it is a central case these days. Even more companies try to abolish this kind of punishment. Especially Amnesty's fight to do away with death penalty touches me. In these days Amnesty also covers a case to stand up for injustice. 

I think this case is important to our society because it says so much about how different the worlds countries are. Here in Norway I can't even think about death penalty as an opportunity. In other countries thousandths of people are sitting in the "death row" just waiting to get killed. As Amnesty International says, this is a humiliating way to interpret FN's human rights. One of FN's rights says that "everyone got a right to a life." According to Amnesty International a murder from the government is a huge violation to this human rights. 

Formal text

Facts about capital punishmet

The most usual way to get a capital punishment is murder. After murder we find aggravated assault. To stand up with your opinions and talk against the government in some countries, especially as a woman this may cost you you're life. Stoning is widespread and especially in moslem countries since it is a traditional execution. ¨

In 2011, 21 countries preformed death penalty. Since 1973, 140 people have been exonerated from the death row in USA. 37 of the 50 states practice death penalty, but every state got their own law. Per 21. of September 2006 over 1000 people have been killed. The most usual kinds of death penalty are decapitation, hanging, stoning, electric chair, also lethal injection is common. 

Most of the european countries have done away with this kind of punishment, but we still find it in devolping countries and in the USA.

The situation from 2010 is that around 500 people have been killed in 23 countries. In 58 countries they have capital punishment as a solution in their law and around 25.000 people sits in jail for lifetime all over he world.

In December 2010 FN gave it as an advice to abolish this kind of punishment and in 2003 EU confirmed their position about death penalty. 

Country                                     Execution            Execution pr. 100 million people
1 China                                      3 400                           260
2 Iran                                           159                           230
3 Vietnam                                      64                           77
4 USA                                             59                           20
5 Saudi-Arabia                            33                                  130
6 Pakistan                                    15                                  9,4
7 Kuwait                                      9                                  400
8 Bangladesh                              7                                     5
9 Egypt                                            6                                     7,9
10 Singapore                                      6                                  140
11 Jemen                                     6                              30
12 Hviterussland                             5                                     48

In my text you can see the difference quite obviously since in the first text I use words like: I think, I like and I hope. In the other text I write in a third person style and to a big unknown audience. That is the main difference between informal and formal text. 

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