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

Belarus: After death, the cruelty continues as bodies of two executed men still hidden

14 March 2013

A year after executing two men, authorities in Belarus still fail to reveal where they have been burried. 

Saudi Arabia: Seven men executed in act of sheer brutality

13 March 2013

Seven men are executed in Saudi Arabia after allegedly being forced to “confess” to charges of armed robbery.

Five reasons why Saudi Arabia must urgently abolish the death penalty

5 March 2013

Seven men are due to be executed in Saudi Arabia next week after being allegedly tortured into “confessing” to a crime. Here, five reasons why the death penalty is never the answer.

USA: Florida to execute man denied federal review

22 February 2013

Paul Howell is due to be executed next week without a review of his appeal claims after his lawyer missed a filing deadline.

Sudan must save Darfuri activist from imminent execution

15 February 2013

Sudanese authorities must halt the execution of a Darfuri activist whose sentence was changed from 10 years' imprisonment to death, Amnesty International has urged.

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.