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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Who’s responsible?

Last year, nearly 90 percent of all executions happened in just four countries: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt.

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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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What's the latest

Amnesty International’s report on death sentences and executions in 2019 reveals a global trend away from the death penalty, as global executions decreased for the fourth consecutive year

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Global abolition in reach

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

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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