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

Taiwan: Six more executions signal cruel about-turn on death penalty

19 April 2013

Taiwanese authorities executed six men on Friday night in an apparent about-turn from their earlier stated commitment to abolish the brutal practice.

Life on death row: ‘They had no idea they were going to be executed’

18 April 2013

Social activist Amadou Janneh was sentenced to life imprisonment in January 2012 for his work. While in prison, he met many people on death row, including the nine who were executed in August 2012. 

Death Penalty in India: “One hardly finds a rich or affluent person going to the gallows”

17 April 2013

A former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court shares his views on the death penalty in an interview with Amnesty International.

Teng Biao: “In China, courts are told what decision to make in important cases, including on the death penalty.”

16 April 2013

Chinese lawyer Teng Biao talks about the death penalty in the Asian giant -- the country that in 2012 executed more people than the rest of the world put together.

Five ‘crimes’ that can get you killed

15 April 2013

Even though most of the world has turned its back on the death penalty, some countries continue to impose capital punishment for acts like having consensual sexual relations outside marriage, opposing the government, offending religion and even drinking alcohol.

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.