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

Pakistan execution condemned amid moves to abolish death penalty

15 November 2012

Pakistan’s first execution in four years is a blow to the country’s progress away from using the death penalty.

South Sudan: Place moratorium on death penalty

5 November 2012

South Sudan should join the great majority of United Nations members that have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.

USA: Texas to carry out 250th execution under Governor Rick Perry

31 October 2012

The US state of Texas is set to carry out its 250th execution under the governorship of Rick Perry.

Tunisia: At a crossroads, Tunisia must choose the path of human rights

23 October 2012

Progress on human rights in Tunisia that followed the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is being rolled back by the current Tunisian Government.

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.

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.