United Kingdom

World Coalition Steering Committee member

The Death Penalty Project (DPP)

The Death Penalty Project is an international legal action charity, based in London, working to promote and protect the human rights of those facing the death penalty.

We provide free legal representation to death row prisoners around the world, with a focus on Commonwealth countries, to highlight miscarriages of justice and breaches of human rights. We also assist other vulnerable prisoners, including juveniles, those who suffer from mental health issues and prisoners serving long-term sentences.

For more than three decades, our work has played a critical role in identifying miscarriages of justice, promoting minimum fair-trial guarantees in capital cases, and in establishing violations of domestic and international law. Through our legal work, the application of the death penalty has been restricted in many countries in line with international human rights standards.

To complement our legal activities, we conduct capacity building activities for members of the judiciary, defence lawyers and prosecutors; commission studies on criminal justice and human rights issues relating to the death penalty; and engage in dialogue with governments and key stakeholders to promote informed debate.

Date founded

1992             

Structure type

NGO             

World Coalition Steering Committee member

Contact informations

87-91 Newman Street
W1T 3EY London
Phone +44 203 206 2748
Fax +44 203 206 2748

Resources

Document(s)

For or against abolition of the death penalty: Evidence from Taiwan

By Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty / The Death Penalty Project, on8 September 2020


2020

NGO report


More details See the document
  • Document type NGO report
  • Themes list Public opinion, Death Penalty,

Document(s)

The Death Penalty Project: 2018 Report

By The Death Penalty Project, on1 January 2019


2019

NGO report


More details See the document

The Death Penalty Project publishes its 2018 annual report. It provides testimonies, figures and a look on the actions accomplished in favour of the human rights worlwide.

  • Document type NGO report
  • Themes list Right to life, Legal Representation, Death Penalty,

Document(s)

Unsafe convictions in capital cases in Taiwan

By Taiwan Alliance to End the Death Penalty / The Death Penalty Project, on1 January 2019


NGO report

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More details See the document

Document(s)

The Death Penalty in Malaysia: Public opinion on the mandatory drug trafficking, murder and firearm offences

By Roger Hood / The Death Penalty Project, on1 January 2013


2013

NGO report


More details See the document

This study reports the findings of a major public opinion survey of the views of a representative sample of 1,535 Malaysian citizens on this issue. A large majority said they were in favour of the death penalty, whether mandatory or discretionary: 91% for murder, 74 to 80% for drug trafficking depending on the drug concerned, and 83% for firearms offences. Concerning the mandatory death penalty, a majority of 56% said they were in favour of it for murder, but only between 25% and 44% for drug trafficking and 45% for firearms offences. When asked to say what sentences they would themselves impose on a series of ‘scenario’ cases, all of which were subject to a mandatory death sentence, a large gap was found between the level of support ‘in theory’ and the level of support when faced with the ‘reality

  • Document type NGO report
  • Themes list Capital offences, Public opinion, Retribution, Trend Towards Abolition, Innocence, Mandatory Death Penalty,

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