14th Dalai Lama, Tibetan Head of State and Buddhist spiritual leader
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"However horrible the act they have committed, I believe that everyone has the potential to improve and correct themselves. Therefore, I am optimistic that it remains possible to deter criminal activity, and prevent such harmful consequences of such acts in society, without having to resort to the death penalty.
My overriding belief is that is is always possible for criminals to improve and that by its very finality the death penalty contradicts this. Therefore, I support those organizations and individuals who are trying to bring an end to the use of the death penalty...
I wholeheartedly support an appeal to those countries who at present employ the death penalty to observe an unconditional moratorium."
"Message Supporting the Moratorium on the Death Penalty," read by Kobutsu Malone, Zenji at the Apr. 9, 1999 event "Creating a Legacy," sponsored by peaceCENTER
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
14th Dalai Lama, Head of state and the spiritual leader of Tibet (in exile since 1959)
Recipient, Doctor Honoris Causa, multiple universities worldwide, 1990-present
Recipient, US Congressional Gold Medal, Oct. 17, 2007