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Abolish the death penalty
7 years ago
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Abolish the death penalty


Developments on the use of the death penalty in 2011 confirmed the global trend towards abolition. The number of countries that were known to have carried out death sentences decreased compared to the previous year, and overall, progress was recorded in all regions of the world. Read more


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.

7 years ago

Why, oh why do so many US states still have the death penalty on their statutes? State sponsored murder beggars belief particularly in a purportedly civilised society.

Facts About Capital Punishment
7 years ago

Know the Facts About Capital Punishment

Capital punishment does not work. There is a wealth of mounting evidence that proves this fact.

The death penalty, both in the U.S. and around the world, is discriminatory and is used disproportionately against the poor, minorities and members of racial, ethnic and religious communities. Since humans are fallible, the risk of executing the innocent can never be eliminated.

Furthermore, the astronomical costs associated with putting a person on death row – including criminal investigations, lengthy trials and appeals – are leading many states to re-evaluate and re-consider having this flawed and unjust system on the books.

Learn more about death penalty statistics and key arguments:

You can also find information about executions by state or method, or view the current schedule of executions in the U.S.

Abolish the death penalty
7 years ago
I agree with you, the death penalty should be abolished.
I think it is not up to us humans to decide who gets to live or has to die.
We are not supposed to play God.
And even if you don't believe in God, the hypocrisy of the death penalty should be reason enough to stop it.
We say murder is wrong and we condemn someone to death.  ??
7 years ago
A petition to the US Congress in favor of abolition of the death penalty was at the Petition Site and was aimed for 2500 signatures.  It is now closed with only 229 having signed.  Does anyone know why the petition has been closed?
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This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice.
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