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

Iran executes 10 men despite international pleas

22 October 2012

A shop worker jailed on a drugs-related charge was among 10 men put to death in Iran on Monday morning.

Nigeria: Two prisoners at imminent risk of execution in Edo State

19 October 2012

Governor signs execution warrants after prison authorities say that the death row inmates in Benin prison are 'becoming unmanageable.'

Iran must clarify fate of 11 men after apparent stay of execution

15 October 2012

Among those scheduled to be executed was Saeed Sedeghi, a shop worker sentenced to death in June after an unfair trial on drugs-related charges.

Death Penalty: A decade on, executions are on the wane but challenges remain

10 October 2012

Amnesty International points to progress towards abolishing capital punishment as it marks the 10th World Day against the Death Penalty on 10 October.

Iran: Eleven men face imminent execution

10 October 2012

Iran is urged to immediately commute the death sentences of 11 men who are at imminent risk of execution after being transferred to Tehran's Evin Prison.

Appeals for action

Barbados: take the first step to ending the death penalty!

26 March 2014

Demand the authorities of Barbados end the mandatory 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.