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

Missouri authorities must prevent execution of death row prisoner

14 May 2010

Authorities in the US state of Missouri should commute the death sentence of Reginald Clemons, who has been on death row for 17 years, Amnesty International urges in a new report.

Iran executes five political prisoners

11 May 2010

The four Kurdish political activists and an Iranian man were all convicted of "moharebeh" (enmity against God).

Iranian authorities must end secrecy surrounding executions of Afghans

9 May 2010

Amnesty International is urging the Iranian authorities to reveal how many Afghan nationals it is holding on death row amid reports 45 Afghans may have been executed in Iran in recent weeks.

Iran urged to release lawyer imprisoned for criticizing juvenile's execution

6 May 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release a human rights lawyer who was arrested after speaking out against the execution of one of his clients.

Taiwan carries out first executions in five years

4 May 2010

Four prisoners have been executed just two weeks after new Minister of Justice Tseng Yung-fu said his ultimate goal is the abolition of the death penalty.

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.