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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL REPORT

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Editorial: Amnesty International releases annual report

By Amnesty International, on 27 May 2021

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.

2021

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Death Row Conditions 

Public Opinion 

World Coalition Against the Death Penalyt

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Statement delivered to ACHPR on its 68th Ordinary Session 

By FIACAT, FIDH, WCADP, Avocats Sans Frontières, COJESKI-RDC, ECPM, RAL and Reprieve, on 12 May 2021

Oral statement on behalf of FIACAT, FIDH, World Coalition against the Death Penalty, ECPM, Avocats sans frontières, COJESKI-RDC, ECPM, RAL and Reprieve on the activities of the Members of the Commission and the Special Mechanisms.

2021

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

bahrain's flag

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Calling Upon the Council of Paris to Overhaul Bahrain-Owned Paris FC’s Subsidy

By Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain, on 5 February 2021

This Tuesday, on February 2, 2021, the Council of Paris will announce its position on the renewal of the yearly €500,000 subvention allocated to the Paris FC.

2021

Bahrain

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

Article(s)

Death Sentences in the Democratic Republic of the Congo More Numerous than Previously Thought

By Bronwyn Dudley, on 12 March 2020

ECPM and CPJ published a report in December 2019 following a fact-finding mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that took place earlier in the year. The results of the mission were astonishing – while the number of individuals sentenced to death was previously estimated to be 300 at most, the mission uncovered that there are at least 510 waiting execution. Liévin Ngondji, co-author of the report and President of CPJ, was in Paris in February 2020 to comment. Photo on the cover of the Report : 22 Oct 2015. Prison Centrale Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo copyright Ben Houdjik/ Shutterstock

2020

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Fair Trial

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“Unknown Assailants: A Threat to Human Rights”

By Legal Human Rights Centre, on 4 May 2018

So is named The Tanzania Human Rights Report of 2017 released by the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC).This report was published on April 25th, 2018 and it enlights for the fifteenth time the major human rights violations in Tanzania. This report, while it deals with human rights violation in Tanzania concerning civil and politial rights, freedom of violence, freedom of expression, also presents the death penalty as an issue in the coutnry and called the President for its abolition.

2018

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United Republic of Tanzania

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The United Nations Human Rights Council votes in favor of a new resolution on the death penalty

By Jessica Corredor, on 4 October 2017

After putting the death penalty at the heart of discussion, the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council ended with the adoption of a resolution on the death penalty.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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Between hope and disillusion: the Iranian death penalty reform

By Thalia Gerzso, on 13 September 2017

On August 13, 2017, the Iranian parliament finally approved an amendment aiming at raising the bar for a mandatory death sentence in cases involving drug related offenses. Despite this first step, abolitionists deplore the limited effect of this new legislation.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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A mission of the International Commission against the Death Penalty to the United States

By International Commission against the Death Penalty and Emmanuel Trépied, on 21 July 2017

A delegation of the International Commission against the Death Penalty met US Governors and Attorney Generals to discuss the situation of the death penalty in their respective states and issues related to possible steps towards ending the practice of capital punishment in the United States.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

United States

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The 6th International Conference on Human Rights issues a warning on the alarming situation in Bahrain

By Emmanuel Trépied and Coalition marocaine contre la peine de mort, on 10 March 2017

The World Coalition was invited to take part in the 6th international Conference on Human Rights, on February 22nd, 2017 in Beirut. addressing the very worrying situation in Bahrain, the event resulted in a series of calls and recommendations.

2017

Bahrain

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Fair Trial

Moratorium

Terrorism

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Discussion at the Human Rights Council of human rights violations related to the use of the death penalty

By Jessica Corredor, on 7 March 2017

From Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to abolitionist and retentionist government representatives and World Coalition members, participants to the Biennial high-level discussion on death penalty exchanged views in order to address human rights violations related to the use of the death penalty, in particular with respect to the prohibition of torture.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

By Amnesty International & other organisations, on 19 February 2017

Nine international organisations are calling upon the Philippines to uphold its international obligations and not to restore death penalty in the country.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Philippines

Public Opinion 

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Day of the Endangered Lawyer: spotlight on China

By Emmanuel Trépied, on 14 February 2017

24 January 2017 was the Day of the Endangered Lawyer. This international initiative was dedicated to the harassment undergone by Chinese lawyers.

2017

China

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Legal Representation

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Federal Justice orders the prison administration to immediately provide African-American journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal with treatment

By French Collective "Free Mumia", on 18 January 2017

On the 3rd January of this year, a Federal judge ordered Pennsylvania’s prison administration to immediately provide Mumia Abu-Jamal with medication to treat his hepatitis C infection, justifying his decision in these terms: “budgetary constraints cannot outweigh the Eighth Amendment’s constitutional guarantee of adequate medical care.”

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

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A new decline in the use of the death penalty in the US in 2016

By Elise Guillot, on 17 January 2017

With 30 death sentences pronounced and 20 executions carried out, the use of the death penalty in the USA saw a new record decline in 2016, as reported in the Death Penalty Information Center’s year-end report. Nevertheless, the abolitionists are worried that 2017 may not be so successful.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Public Opinion 

United States

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Philippines: Do not revive the Death Penalty

By Ngeow Chow Ying, for the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN), on 15 January 2017

ADPAN strongly urges all members of the Philippine House of Representative and Senate to reject the reinstatement of the death penalty and uphold the rights to life as enshrined in the Constitution.

2017

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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LEDAP condemns the killing of three death row prisoners in Nigeria

By Chino Obiagwu - LEDAP National Coordinator, on 28 December 2016

Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) condemns the killing on December 23 2016 of three death row prisoners in Benin City prison on death warrants signed by the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki. Those executed were Ogbomoro Omoregie, Apostle Igene and Mark Omosowhota. They were all convicted and sentenced to death nearly 20 years ago by military tribunals under the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Decree as amended.

2016

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Nigeria

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World Coalition members share knowledge on UN advocacy

By Asil Abuassba (The Advocates for Human Rights), on 19 February 2015

Asil Abuassba, a Palestinian intern with World Coalition member organisation The Advocates for Human Rights, attended a training session to help global activists submit reports on the death penalty situation in their countries to UN bodies.

2015

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Death Row Conditions 

Fair Trial

Innocence

Intellectual Disability

Juveniles

Mental Illness

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UN singles out Iraq’s ever-increasing practice of capital punishment

By Bronwyn Dudley, on 10 November 2014

A report on the death penalty by the UN mission to Iraq has unearthed startling new information about the use of capital punishment in the country. The study was released on the heels of the UN’s human rights review of Iraq, where the death penalty emerged as a primary concern.

2014

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Fair Trial

Iraq

Iraq

Terrorism

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California ruling paves way for abolition of one of the world’s largest death rows

By Elizabeth Zitrin, on 18 July 2014

United States Federal District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney, who was appointed by former President George W. Bush, a strong supporter of the death penalty, ruled on 16 July that California’s death penalty system violates the US Constitution.

2014

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

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Improved access to unique global death penalty library

By Thomas Hubert, on 10 July 2014

The World Coalition has redesigned its online library to help visitors find the documents they need in its multilingual database of resources and campaigning tools on capital punishment.

2014

Clemency

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Death Row Conditions 

Drug Offenses

Fair Trial

Innocence

Intellectual Disability

Juveniles

Legal Representation

Mental Illness

Moratorium

Murder Victims' Families

Public Opinion 

Terrorism

Women

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Top UN representatives take stance on death penalty at Human Rights Council

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 14 March 2014

From UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to abolitionist and retentionist government ministers and World Coalition members, participants to a recent discussion on the death penalty placed the issue high on the international agenda.

2014

Afghanistan

Benin

Brazil

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Mongolia

Morocco

Myanmar

Namibia

Pakistan

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Singapore

Sudan

United States

Article(s)

Iran: indiscriminate executions continue

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 4 November 2013

The United Nations, the European Union and the international community must put the situation of the death penalty at the top of the agenda in their dialogue with Iran.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Fair Trial

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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Calendar of events for World Day

By WCADP, on 10 September 2013

On 10 October 2013, the World Day Against the Death Penalty is focusing on the death penalty in the Greater Caribbean. Browse the schedule and the map to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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Linking the death penalty and torture to achieve abolition

By Thomas Hubert, on 20 June 2013

Recognising the process from sentencing to execution as a form of torture would ensure progress towards abolition in international law as well as in the US.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

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Death penalty still used to make examples in North Korea

By Thomas Hubert, on 19 May 2013

An investigation of testimonies from North Korean refugees by FIDH describes the political use of widespread executions – although their number remains secret.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

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Moroccan parliamentary network a new step towards abolition

By Delphine Judith, on 15 March 2013

Around 180 MPs from all political hues signed the founding charter of their network against the death penalty, which promises sustained legislative action in favour of abolition.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

Morocco

Article(s)

Death penalty at the heart of human rights review

By Thomas Hubert, on 5 February 2013

The Taiwanese authorities have been conducting a voluntary assessment of the human rights situation in the country, culminating in the visit of a panel of experts in late February. The World Coalition is taking part in the process.

2013

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

Taiwan

Taiwan

Article(s)

Drug-busting aid to Iran must be frozen

By Thomas Hubert, on 27 November 2012

The World Coalition is calling on international donors to stop helping Iran enforce abusive capital drug laws.

2012

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Drug Offenses

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Article(s)

Japan’s death penalty under scrutiny

By The Advocates for Human Rights, on 5 November 2012

2012

Clemency

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Death Row Conditions 

Fair Trial

Intellectual Disability

Japan

Legal Representation

Mental Illness

Article(s)

Migrant workers facing capital punishment show need for alternative sentences

By Think Centre, on 26 April 2012

Four Singapore-based organisations denounce the high risk of miscarriage of justice in recent death sentences handed down on poor immigrants and calls for the abolition of the death penalty in the city-state.

2012

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

Singapore

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European Union tightens rules on export of death drug

By Emile Carreau, on 20 January 2012

On 20 December 2011 the European Commission added sodium thiopental to the list of goods that are subject to tight export controls to ensure they do not find their way into overseas death chambers.

2012

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Denmark

United States

Article(s)

The great abolitionist event comes to the UN

By Aurélie Plaçais, on 17 October 2011

For the first time in nine years, the United Nations has participated in festivities marking the World Day Against the Death Penalty.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Death Row Conditions 

Switzerland

Article(s)

Opening up the debate in countries with the death penalty

By Penal Reform International, on 19 September 2011

On 19 and 20 September, World Coalition member organisation Penal Reform International (PRI) is bringing 120 people from retentionist countries to London to discuss global trends towards abolition of the death penalty.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Public Opinion 

Syrian Arab Republic

United Kingdom

Article(s)

South Korea’s 5,000th day without an execution an opportunity for abolition

By Martin Carbonell with ADPAN and MVFHR, on 8 September 2011

8th September 2011 marks the 5,000th day without executions in South Korea. Houng-oh Kim, a member of the National Assembly and former Speaker, is aiming to introduce a new bill abolishing the death penalty to mark this occasion.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

Republic of Korea

Article(s)

India asked to maintain the moratorium on executions

By Emile Carreau, on 28 July 2011

After a six year moratorium on executions, India’s President Patil has rejected the mercy petition of two Indian nationals despite international outcry to maintain the moratorium.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Drug Offenses

India

Moratorium

Article(s)

Arab spring at the heart of World Coalition debates

on 26 June 2011

International abolitionists gathered in Morocco have discussed the recent wind of change in the region and the resulting hope for the abolition of the death penalty.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iraq

Morocco

Terrorism

Tunisia

Article(s)

Pressure mounts on Lundbeck to halt supply of execution drugs

on 27 May 2011

Thanks to a campaign by Coalition Member Reprieve and others, Danish chemicals company Lundbeck is feeling the heat from all sides for selling execution drugs to US prisons.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Denmark

Article(s)

Pressured Indian firm stops exporting lethal drugs

on 8 April 2011

The decision of Kayem to stop supplying the US with execution drugs may well have been influenced by a campaign organized by World Coalition member Reprieve.

2011

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

India

United States

Article(s)

British sodium thiopental finds its way into Arizonian death chamber

on 2 November 2010

A shortage in one of the component of lethal injections has led to the drug being imported from Britain in violation of European law to carry out an execution in Arizona.

2010

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United Kingdom

Article(s)

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

Article(s)

‘Sakineh’ campaign to culminate in worldwide protests

on 25 August 2010

What started as an effort to save an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning is turning into a global movement for human rights and against capital punishment.

2010

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Public Opinion 

Article(s)

Kenya’s mandatory death penalty ruled unconstitutional

on 6 August 2010

A joint effort by Kenyan and British lawyers and NGOs resulted in a court decision overturning all death sentences for murder. Legislation making capital punishment the only possible penalty for certain crimes is invalid.

2010

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Kenya

Kenya

Article(s)

10.10.10 World Day Against the Death Penalty – USA special

on 6 August 2010

On 10 October 2010, the World Day Against the Death Penalty will focus on the USA. There are two months left to prepare and promote the events planned around the world on the big day.

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

Article(s)

Belarusian setback on the way to abolition

on 2 April 2010

After one year of encouraging signals from Belarus, the last European country with the death penalty has brutally resumed secretive executions and the harassment of abolitionist activists.

2010

Belarus

Belarus

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

Article(s)

2009 Amnesty statistics: at least 714 executions… excluding China

on 30 March 2010

Amnesty International has released its report on the death penalty in the world in 2009. The organisation has decided to exclude China from its calculation due to the lack of transparency on capital punishment in that country.

2010

Belarus

Burundi

China

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Fair Trial

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Iraq

Saudi Arabia

Togo

United States

Article(s)

Activists and diplomats slam political executions in Iran

on 1 February 2010

The Islamic Republic finds itself more isolated than ever after it hanged to dissidents and threatened many more with execution.

2010

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Fair Trial

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Article(s)

FIACAT: abolition “is part of the mission of the Churches”

on 16 December 2009

Days before the major Christian festival of Christmas, the International Federation of Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture reaffirmed its Gospel-inspired opposition to the death penalty.

2009

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Juveniles

Saudi Arabia

Sudan

Yemen

Article(s)

China acknowledges death row organ trafficking

on 29 August 2009

The World Coalition and its members have been criticizing illegal organ transplants after executions. Beijing promises to tackle the problem.

2009

China

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Article(s)

Every voice counts to oppose the death penalty in California

on 24 June 2009

Abolitionists are given a unique opportunity to voice their position as Californian authorities seek comments from the public on the review of the lethal injection process.

2009

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

Article(s)

Is the death penalty a cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment under international law?

on 20 March 2009

Special Rapporteur Manfred Nowak raised the issue at the UN’s Human Rights Council, triggering a debate in which World Coalition member organisations had their say.

2009

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Article(s)

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 

Article(s)

Welcome to the United States of torture

on 2 May 2008

After the Supreme Court re-opened the possibility of lethal injections, executions are scheduled to resume in the US on May 6, starting with William E. Lynd (photo) in Georgia. TCADP International chairperson Sandrine Ageorges denounces an “inhumane” process.

2008

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

Article(s)

Executions and secrecy in Japan

on 15 April 2008

The World Coalition condemns the acceleration of executions in Japan andt the continued secrecy surrounding them.

2008

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Japan

Article(s)

Nie Shubin: a victim of the arbitrary in China

on 21 January 2008

In the lead up to the Beijing Olympics, the French coalition Collectif Chine JO 2008 highlights cases of human rights abuse in China on a weekly basis. This week, they focus on Nie Shubin, who was executed by mistake in 1995.

2008

China

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Women

Article(s)

While we wait for the Supreme Court

on 17 January 2008

After the Supreme Court held a hearing much awaited by the abolitionist community on January 7th, we all need to reassess our strategy for abolition in America, writes Sandrine Ageorges.

2008

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Public Opinion 

United States

Article(s)

Video: watch and think

on 7 January 2008

As the debate about lethal injections and the presidential election campaign are raging in the United States, a short film by two young directors establishes a link between the two.

2008

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

Article(s)

Texas report released on 25th anniversary of lethal injections

on 12 December 2007

The Texas Coalition Against the Death Penalty released its report on the death penalty in the state in 2007 exactly 25 years after the first death American row inmate received a lethal injection.

2007

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

United States

Article(s)

Opportunity to end US lethal injections

on 15 November 2007

Executions are currently on hold in the US pending a Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of lethal injections. This is an opportunity for action from abolitionists, especially among the medical professions.

2007

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Moratorium

United States

Article(s)

Human Rights and the Death Penalty in Iran

on 19 June 2007

A gathering has taken place in Geneva on June 11, 2007 to protest against human rights violations in Iran. On the initiative of Human Rights in Iran, this demonstration was supported by Hands Off Caïn, the International Committee against Torture, Rights & Democracy, and the Canadian Center for the Victims of Torture (CCVT), among others.

2007

Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment and Punishment

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Juveniles

Women