Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights
Abolish the death penalty


As part of our 50th anniversary actions against the death penalty, more than 250,000 people around the world signed our petition calling for an end to executions in Belarus. Among them were English playwright Tom Stoppard and the internationally acclaimed actor, Vanessa Redgrave.

Belarus is the only state in Europe that uses the death penalty. Together we showed the Belarusian government what a shameful distinction that is.
Find out what happened when we tried to deliver our petition.

Our 50th anniversary actions against the death penalty, which also covered China, Iran, Mongolia and Saudi Arabia, have now closed. But around the world, people continue to face execution. You can make a difference.

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 in the name of justice. Find out more.


A government official prepares the ropes for a public execution in Iran.


Iranian authorities acknowledged 252 executions in 2010 – there were probably hundreds more. As large number of executions continue, many for drug-related offences, we are calling on the Iranian authorities to end the use of the death penalty.


The vast majority of executions in the USA are by lethal injection

© Robert Priseman. Reproduced Courtesy of the Goldmark Gallery

Call on the USA to abolish the death penalty – at federal and state level.


Activists from Amnesty International Mongolia take action on World Day against the Death Penalty.

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The Mongolian parliament is considering abolition of the death penalty. Amnesty International is calling on the authorities to take the final steps.

Saudi Arabia

Suliamon Olyfemi, a Nigerian national, was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia in May 2005. This photo was taken in Nigeria.

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Nigerian national Suliamon Olyfemi and Indonesian national Siti Zainab Binti Duhri Rupa are at imminent risk of execution. Take action now.


A depiction of the execution method used in Belarus

© Amnesty International

In Belarus, prisoners are told they will be executed just moments before their death sentence is carried out. They are killed with a bullet to the back of the head. Their families and lawyers are not informed until weeks or even months after the execution. Their bodies are not handed over to their families and the burial site is kept secret.


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