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

Libya must drop charges against politicians over women’s rights cartoon

14 June 2013

Two politicians in Libya are due to appear in court, and face the death penalty, after publishing a cartoon on women’s rights deemed to be offensive to Islam.

Papua New Guinea repeals Sorcery Act while moving closer to executions

28 May 2013

New laws expanding death penalty signal intent to restart executions, following outcry over murders of women accused of 'sorcery'.

Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants

23 May 2013

Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its flagship annual report.

Saudi Arabia: Five beheaded and ‘crucified’ amid ‘disturbing’ rise in executions

21 May 2013

Six people were executed in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, taking the total number of state killings in the country this year so far to at least 47.

Indonesia urged to halt planned executions

16 May 2013

Three men are expected to be executed in Indonesia in what would be a major setback in the use of the death penalty, in a country that appeared to be moving away from the brutal practice.

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.