In brief

Whatever form it takes – hanging, lethal injection, beheading, stoning or electrocution – the death penalty is a violent punishment that has no place in today’s criminal justice system.

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A person kneels in prayer at a #keephopealive vigil in Sydney to end the death penalty
A Malaysian man holds a sign towards the camera. The sign reads: 'Help Malaysia #AbolishDeathPenalty

Who’s responsible?

In 2020, while the world was focused on saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, some countries were busy taking lives.

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What we’re asking

Amnesty is calling for countries that still use the death penalty to immediately halt all executions, countries that have stopped executing people to permanently remove this punishment for all crimes, and for all death sentences to be commuted to prison sentences.

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Protesters with candles and posters at a rally against death penalty

What's the latest

At least 483 people were known to have been executed in 2020.

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Global abolition in reach

Every and every day we come closer to a world without the death penalty.

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Amnesty International supporters campaign to end the death penalty. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

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Our Wins

Our movement changes lives. We celebrate the small wins, and the big moments because we know that every step our world takes away from injustice, is a step closer to a world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.

Good news: Death sentence of mentally ill prisoner commuted in Malaysia