Sierra Leone abolishes the Death Penalty
On Friday 23rd July 2021, Sierra Leone’s Parliament unanimously abolished the death penalty by passing the Abolition of the Death Penalty Act.
Editorial: Amnesty International releases annual report
On 21 April, we published our annual report on the global use of the death penalty, which shows that in 2020 the world got one step closer to freeing itself from this cruel punishment.
The Death Penalty Worldwide
Abolitionist for all crimes
Abolitionist in practice
Abolitionist for ordinary crimes only
Source: Amnesty International
Abolitionist countriesCountries whose law does not provide for the death penalty for any crime.
Retentionist countriesCountries whose law provides for the death penalty for ordinary crimes.
Number of executions 2021Number of executions recorded in 2021, possibly lower than the reality due to the secrecy surrounding executions in some countries.
Individuals detained on death rowThe generic term "death row" refers to all persons on death row awaiting the death penalty.