Abolish the death penalty

DEATH PENALTY IN 2013

Executions rose by almost 15% in 2013, compared with 2012. Excluding China, at least 778 people were executed worldwide. Nearly 80% of them were in just three countries: Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Despite setbacks during 2013, there was progress in all regions of the world, with positive moves towards abolition in several countries.
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The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.

It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

News and Updates

Pakistan must improve protection for Indian prisoners in wake of jail attack

2 May 2013

Pakistani authorities urged to protect Indian prisoners from violence after death row inmate dies following an attack in a Lahore jail.

USA: Maryland joins global trend against the death penalty

2 May 2013

The US state of Maryland has joined the overwhelming global trend towards ending the death penalty.

Belarus must stop the execution of man on death row

2 May 2013

The homeless man originally from Ukraine has been sentenced to death for killing a fellow prisoner in Mahiliou, eastern Belarus.

Japan executions show 'chilling' escalation in death penalty use

26 April 2013

The execution of two death row inmates in Japan shows a "chilling" escalation of death penalty use under the new Liberal Democratic government.

‘Anyone who says we live comfortably on death row has obviously never been there’

19 April 2013

Damon Thibodeaux was recentyly released from death row after new evidence confirmed his innocence. This is his story.

Video and Audio

Justice for Troy Davis

Troy Davis has spent nearly 19 years on death row and faced execution three times, for a murder he maintains he did not commit.

Video: Human rights in Iran in the spotlight

12 February 2009

Amnesty International's researchers look back at the changes thirty years ago in Iran and put the spotlight on human abuses since.

Video: Amnesty International's Beijing Olympics campaign

1 December 2008

Amnesty International invited the world to call on the Chinese government to deliver a positive and lasting human rights legacy for the Beijing Olympics.

Video: End stoning in Iran

15 August 2008

The spokesperson for Iran’s Judiciary announced on Tuesday 5 August that execution by stoning has been suspended.