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

World is 'winning' battle against death penalty despite setbacks

25 February 2010

Speaking at an anti-death penalty summit in Geneva, Amnesty International's interim Secretary General Claudio Cordone hailed global efforts but said more needs to be done.

South Korea death penalty abolition set back by Constitutional Court ruling

25 February 2010

In a five to four ruling, the Court stated that capital punishment did not violate "human dignity and worth" protected in the Constitution.

Texas execution nears as condemned man seeks DNA test

17 February 2010

Henry Skinner is scheduled to become the 450th person to be executed in the state since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977.

Fears for anti-government protesters in Iran as authorities warn of zero tolerance

10 February 2010

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations on Thursday, the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in the country.

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.