Death penalty: Countries abolitionist in practice

Countries that retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes such as murder but can be considered abolitionist in practice in that they have not executed anyone during the past 10 years and are believed to have a policy or established practice of not carrying out executions. The list also includes countries which have made an international commitment not to use the death penalty.

Abbreviations: Date (last ex.) = date of last execution; K = date of last known execution; Ind. = no executions since independence

The Russian Federation introduced an moratorium on executions in August 1996. However, executions were carried out between 1996 and 1999 in the Chechen Republic.

Country Date (last ex.)
ALGERIA 1993
BENIN 1987
BRUNEI 1957K
BURKINA FASO 1988
CAMEROON
1997
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 1981
CONGO (Republic of) 1982
ERITREA 1989
GHANA 1993
GRENADA 1978
KENYA 1987
LAOS 1989
LIBERIA 2000
MADAGASCAR 1958K
MALAWI 1992
MALDIVES 1952K
MALI 1980
MAURITANIA 1987
MONGOLIA 2008
MOROCCO 1993
MYANMAR 1980s
NAURU Ind.
NIGER 1976K
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 1950
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
1999
SOUTH KOREA    
1997
SIERRA LEONE1998
SRI LANKA 1976
SURINAME 1982
SWAZILAND 1983
TAJIKISTAN 2004
TANZANIA 1995
TONGA 1982
TUNISIA 1991
ZAMBIA 1997