Abolish the death penalty


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

US seeks death penalty for Guantánamo detainees

12 February 2008

The US government is seeking the death penalty against six “high-value” detainees at Guantánamo Bay charged on Monday.

US state abolishes death penalty

19 December 2007

The US state of New Jersey has joined the global trend towards the abolition of the death penalty.

UN calls for halt to executions

18 December 2007

The global campaign against the death penalty secures a landmark victory as the UN endorses the call for a worldwide moratorium on executions.

World misled on executions in Nigeria

17 December 2007

Secret executions have taken place in Nigeria's prisons, despite recent assurances by the Nigerian government that no one has been executed "in years".

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.