The Death Penalty Worldwide

Navigate the list of countries below to get country-by-country information on the laws and practices associated with the use of the death penalty.

This information is taken from the Death Penalty Worldwide database, which also offers an advanced search function (capital crimes, prison conditions, appeal procedures, legal representation…) in English and in French. Database execution figures are sourced from official government sources, select NGO estimates, and where none of the above are available, media reports. It is difficult to give comprehensive or reliable figures for many countries given lack of information and government secrecy.

This database covers the States and territories which still have the death penalty. Global statistics on abolitionist countries are available from Amnesty International.

The database is hosted at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide at Cornell University Law School. It was created by Professor Sandra Babcock in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and with financial support from the European Union and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Legal status of the death penalty

Abolitionist for all crimes Retentionist Abolitionist in practice Abolitionist for ordinary crimes only
Source: Amnesty International

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