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Death penalty has no proven deterrent effect on crime and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment

, Index number: IOR 40/3737/2021

The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, and a violation of the right to life. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception - regardless of who is accused, the nature or circumstances of the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution. There is no credible evidence that the death penalty has a greater deterrent effect on crime than imprisonment, as noted by a number of domestic and comparative studies conducted around the world.

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