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Factsheet for Parliamentarians

By World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, on 1 January 2016

While the death penalty remains, persons with mental disabilities are at risk of being sentenced to death and executed in breach of international standards. This briefing paper provides concrete examples of what can be done to address this risk, including by ensuring that all states have laws that embed international protections in their domestic legislation and by extending protection to those with [serious] mental illness not covered by existing proscriptions against executing persons affected by “insanity”.