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

Suspension of stoning executions a welcome step if carried out

15 August 2008

Amnesty International has welcomed last week's announcement by the spokesperson for Iran’s Judiciary that execution by stoning has been suspended.

Mexican national executed in Texas

7 August 2008

José Medellín was put to death in violation of the USA’s international legal obligations and despite worldwide appeals for the execution to be st

Iran flies in face of global execution trend

29 July 2008

Amnesty International is appalled by the mass execution of 29 men in Tehran’s Evin Prison on 27 July 2008. Their deaths brought the number of executions carrie

Olympics promises for human rights – the China Debate

17 July 2008

Amnesty International has launched a new website for people to have their say about the human rights situation in China in the countdown to the Beijing Olympics.

Kurdish boy executed in Iran

11 June 2008

A Kurdish boy, believed to be 16 or 17 years old at the time of execution, was executed in Iran on Tuesday.

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.