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

Illinois abolishes the death penalty

10 March 2011

Illinois will become the 16th state in the USA to ban capital punishment when the law signed by Governor Quinn comes into effect on 1 July.

Executions of five men in Taiwan condemned

4 March 2011

The executions come four weeks after President Ma Ying-jeou formally apologised for the execution of an innocent man in 1997.

Zimbabwe treason charges an attack on freedom of expression

25 February 2011

Amnesty International expresses shock that at least 45 Zimbabwean activists have been charged with treason and could face the death penalty following their arrest at a lecture on the protests in North Africa.

Trinidad and Tobago urged to stop drive towards executions

16 February 2011

Amnesty International urges members of Trinidad and Tobago’s parliament to vote against a constitutional amendment Bill which would allow executions to be resumed in the country.

13-year-old US boy's murder trial could violate international law

24 January 2011

Amnesty International urges the US authorities in the state of Pennsylvania to drop their pursuit of a murder trial in an adult court for a 13-year-old boy, as it could result in a violation of international law.

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.