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?

In 2015, countries around the world recorded the highest number of executions in 25 years, according to our tracking. Executions rose by 54 percent, with at least 573 more people killed than in 2014. Nearly 90 percent of all executions happened in just three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

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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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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.