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

Lebanon's politicians urged to focus on human rights in election campaigns

23 April 2009

Amnesty International has written an open letter to Lebanon's political leaders calling on them to put human rights at the centre of their election campaign.

Sudan sentences another 10 people to death

22 April 2009

Ten men face imminent execution in Sudan after they were sentenced to death by a special court on 15 April.

Yemeni woman faces execution following political interference in her case

22 April 2009

A Yemeni woman is facing imminent execution accused of killing her husband only days after the execution of another woman for similar charges. 

Delara Darabi's execution postponed for two months

20 April 2009

The execution of the Iranian woman convicted of murdering a relative when she was 17 has been postponed.

Juvenile offender faces imminent execution in Iran

17 April 2009

Delara Darabi, an Iranian woman convicted of murdering a relative when she was 17, is reported to be facing execution in the next few days.

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.