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World Coalition calls on Canada to keep up its efforts against the death penalty

on 10 March 2009

The World Coalition has sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, asking him to “protect its nationals sentenced to death abroad, whether it is in a democratic country or not”.

2009

Canada

Canada

Clemency

United States

Philipines flag

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Adoption of Bill Allowing the Imposition of the Death Penalty for a New Crime.

By Grace Keane O'Connor , on 30 April 2021

Philippine House Bill No. 7814 provides the death penalty for a new crime under the 2002 Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act.

2021

Drug Offenses

Philippines

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Call to end flawed Caribbean death penalty

By Thomas Hubert, on 10 December 2012

An appeal signed by local organizations and a new report by Amnesty International denounce multiple human rights violations in the use of capital punishment in the region and ask governments to “remove the death penalty once and for all from the law books”.

2012

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Dominica

Fair Trial

Grenada

Guyana

Intellectual Disability

Jamaica

Mental Illness

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Lucia

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

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How far is China ready to reduce its use of the death penalty?

By Aurélie Plaçais, on 25 November 2013

The number one executioner in the world recently made national and international commitments to continuing to reform its death penalty, but how far is China really ready to go?

2013

China

Clemency

Drug Offenses

Terrorism

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167 Ugandan death row inmates saved from gallows

on 19 September 2010

Recent figures show that a January ruling by the Ugandan supreme court making it illegal to keep people on death row for more than three years has saved 167 lives.

2010

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Uganda

Deathworthy and Trapped Inside reports

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Over 8,000 people on death row in South Asia

By Aurelie Placais, staff, on 3 May 2022

With few executions but one of the biggest death rows in the world, South Asia is at a crossroad. Recent publications explore mental health on death row and social and economic background of people sentenced to death in Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

2022

Bangladesh

Death Row Conditions 

India

Maldives

Mental Illness

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

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What now for Mumia?

on 28 April 2008

On 27 March, a US federal appeals court overturned Mumia Abu-Jamal’s death sentence, but not his conviction for murder. His lead counsel Robert R. Bryan gives his reaction to the ruling and the next steps in America’s most high-profile capital case.

2008

Fair Trial

United States

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Indonesian activists face upward death penalty trend

on 10 February 2009

Indonesia-based researcher Dave McRae finds that a core group of abolitionists are battling a rise in the number of executions, death sentences and death row inmates in the country.

2009

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Drug Offenses

Indonesia

Public Opinion 

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Can the US move towards abolition under Obama?

on 20 January 2009

The new president’s nominee for the post of attorney general opposes the death penalty and the number of executions and sentences is falling in the US.

2009

United States

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Support grows for Davis as his execution is stayed

on 26 October 2008

Troy Davis’s execution was stayed on October 23, four days before he was scheduled to die, as activists took action on his behalf all over the world.

2008

United States

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State-sponsored report finds California’s death penalty is “dysfunctional”

on 9 July 2008

A recent report from a far-reaching commission established by the Californian senate on the administration of capital punishment in the state concluded that “the system is broken”.

2008

Innocence

United States

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From Italian prisons to Texas death row

on 27 March 2008

A conference held near Naples, Italy last month helped around 200 attendees, most of them secondary school students, understand the death penalty situation in the US and relate it to prison issues in their own country.

2008

Death Row Conditions 

Italy

United States

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Capital punishment now part of Togo’s history

on 24 June 2009

Togo’s National Assembly passed a bill abolishing the death penalty on June 23, 2009. Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero, who was visiting the country, attended the parliamentary session to witness the event.

2009

Togo

Togo

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1,700-mile “Walk4Life” across the US

on 13 March 2008

American hip-hop artist Andre Latallade, also known as Capital-“X”, will walk 1,700 miles from New Jersey to Texas from March 31 to campaign against the death penalty.

2008

Drug Offenses

United States

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Abolition in the US: what role for overseas activists?

on 3 February 2008

As part of its 2008 annual conference, the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (NCADP) organised a brainstorming session to explore the question: “How can the international community support us in our efforts to abolish the death penalty in the US?”

2008

Clemency

Public Opinion 

United States

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Hands Off Cain holds moratorium conference in Gabon

on 11 December 2007

The Italian-based abolitionist group organised the event in Libreville on December 10, Human Rights Day 2007, with the government of Gabon and financial backing from the Dutch government.

2007

Burundi

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Gabon

Gabon

Mali

Moratorium

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Youths must stand up against the death penalty!

on 17 September 2007

The Federation of Liberal Students (FEL), a Belgian political organisation, has just joined the World Coalition. FEL president Arnaud Van Praet explains his organisation’s mobilisation against capital punishment.

2007

Belgium

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World Day campaign launched!

on 13 August 2007

The countdown to the fifth World Day Against the Death Penalty on October 10 has begun. It will focus on the proposed resolution against capital punishment to be discussed in the UN this autumn.

2007

Moratorium

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Groundbreaking Survey Reveals Iranians’ Attitudes Towards the Death Penalty

By GAMAAN Institute / World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 23 October 2020

This survey, conducted by the GAMAAN Institute between the 3rd and the 11th of September 2020, includes responses from about twenty thousand people living inside Iran.

2020

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Public Opinion 

Live Facebook

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UPR 36th Session Debriefed on Facebook Live

By Louis Linel, on 17 November 2020

As the 36th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was being held under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council from 02 to 13 November, the Advocates for Human Rights, a member organization of the World Coalition, facilitated Facebook live debriefings to cover the review of States that have not yet abolished capital […]

2020

Belarus

Jamaica

Liberia

Libya

Malawi

Maldives

United States

China Death Penalty 2022

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The Status Quo of China’s Death Penalty and the Civil Society Abolitionist Movement

By China Against the Death Penalty, on 15 February 2022

Translation of an article on the death penalty in China for the Beijing Olympics 2022, initially published by Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty in October 2021 for World Day.

2022

China

Legal Representation

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Global outrage at Iranian juvenile execution

on 6 May 2009

Human rights organisations and governments worldwide have slammed the Iranian authorities for the illegal execution of Delara Darabi, a young woman convicted of a murder committed when she was 17.

2009

Innocence

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Juveniles

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World Congress ends with words of hope

on 28 February 2010

Powerful words by the speakers of the solemn ceremony that concluded the 4th World Congress Against the Death Penalty gave hope to the participants as they prepared to head home.

2010

Switzerland

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Mongolian president calls for abolition

on 18 January 2010

In a vibrant speech before the parliament on January 14, President Elbegdorj Tsakhia of Mongolia developed all the arguments put forward by the abolitionist community.

2010

Clemency

Mongolia

Moratorium

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NGOs join forces to tackle capital punishment at Iran’s rights review

By Thomas Hubert, on 30 October 2014

Several World Coalition members are among organisations co-ordinating their efforts to help the international community put pressure on Iran over its use of the death penalty.

2014

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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Statement on executions in the USA

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 21 June 2019

As the worldwide trend towards abolition of the death penalty grows, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty notes with concerns that the USA has reached a total of 1500 executions since 1977.

2019

United States

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10 years with no hanging in the Caribbean

By Greater Caribbean for Life, on 19 December 2018

The Greater Caribbean for Life (GCL) notes that 19 December, 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the hanging of Charles la Place in St Kitts and Nevis. He was the last person who was hanged in the English-speaking Caribbean.

2018

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Regarding the execution in Japan of seven people

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 10 July 2018

STATEMENT – WORLD COALITION AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty would like to express its sympathy and support to all courageous anti-death penalty activists who have fought bravely to try to prevent the executions of seven people in Japan on the same day, on 6 July. The World Coalition calls […]

2018

Japan

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U.S. sees second fewest death sentences and executions in 25 Years

By Death Penalty Information Center, on 22 March 2018

Public support for the death penalty drops to 45-Year low as four More death-row prisoners Exonerated in 2017. “The Death Penalty in 2017: Year End Report” is now available.

2018

United States

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Iran’s brave human rights defenders and their struggle against the death penalty

By Amnesty International, on 5 March 2018

As the world moves away from the death penalty, Iran continues to execute hundreds of people every year and comes second only to China in the number of executions carried out annually. Amnesty International recorded nearly 1,000 executions in Iran in 2015 and at least 567 in 2016.

2018

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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The Supreme Court of Kenya declares the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional

By Thalia Gerzso, on 23 January 2018

On December 14, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kenya declared the mandatory death penalty unconstitutional. This landmark decision puts an end to several years of uncertainties and constitutes an additional step towards the abolition of the death penalty in the country.

2018

Kenya

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Morocco’s death penalty takes centre stage at Marrakesh forum

By Thomas Hubert (in Marrakesh, Morocco), on 28 November 2014

Debates on the abolition of the death penalty at the World Human Rights Forum have highlighted the situation in the host country among the major fronts in the abolitionist struggle.

2014

Morocco

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Justice ministers meet on the eve of Cities Against the Death Penalty

By Elizabeth Zitrin (World Coalition vice-president), in Rome, on 1 December 2013

More than 20 ministers of justice met in Rome for the annual conference on the abolition of the death penalty organised by the Community of Sant’Egidio and heard harrowing testimonies from courageous activists.

2013

Afghanistan

Belarus

Costa Rica

El Salvador

Italy

Philippines

Senegal

Switzerland

United States

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“Iran kills for possession of less than 50g of drugs”

By Thomas Hubert, on 9 April 2013

Annual reports published by two World Coalition member organizations of Iranian exiles expose the disproportionate use of the death penalty in Iran, mostly against drug users and traffickers.

2013

Drug Offenses

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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Kazakh criminal law reform could add capital crimes

By Thomas Hubert, on 15 February 2013

As Kazakhstan’s authorities prepare to introduce a new penal code, World Coalition members are warning against attempts to broaden the offences punishable by death.

2013

Kazakhstan

Moratorium

Public Opinion 

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Highest execution numbers in Iran in 10 years

By Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, on 13 March 2012

Iran Human Rights has published its annual report on the death penalty in Iran in 2011. IHR’s international spokesperson Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam says the Iranian authorities are keeping the number of executions high because they use the death penalty as a political tool.

2012

Drug Offenses

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Juveniles

Women

Article(s)

Statutes of the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty

on 26 June 2011

Amended by the General Assembly on June 26, 2011

2011

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FIDH report on Vietnam: an update on death penalty statistics

on 19 September 2010

The FIDH and the Vietnam Committee on Human Rights released a new report, From Visions to Facts: Human Rights in Vietnam under its Chairmanship of ASEAN, on 16 August 2010.

2010

Drug Offenses

Moratorium

Viet Nam

Viet Nam

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Taiwan activists battle in death penalty-triggered political crisis

on 19 March 2010

After Taiwan’s justice minister was forced to step down for not signing execution warrants, local and international abolitionists rushed in to restore a balanced debate and protect the country’s 44 death row inmates.

2010

Moratorium

Public Opinion 

Taiwan

Taiwan

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China reduces the number of crimes punishable by death to 46, but keeps drug trafficking in the list

By Aurélie Plaçais, on 7 October 2015

China removes nine non-violent and rarely used criminal offenses from capital punishment.

2015

China

Drug Offenses

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Jamaica vote illustrates retentionist trend in the Caribbean

on 9 January 2009

Jamaican lawmakers voted to keep capital punishment and the government seems determined to use it. Caribbean abolitionists are battling similar moves across the region.

2009

Jamaica

Public Opinion 

Saint Kitts and Nevis