Public opinion supportive of the abolition
By Sarah Saint-Sorny, on 10 June 2022
The 31st Session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice of the ODC took place in Vienna from the 16th to the 20th of May 2022. At this occasion, the Japan Federation of Bar Associations organized a side-event: “Abolishing the Death Penalty: Public Opinion and the Road to Abolition”, which was held online […]
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.
Death Row Conditions
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.
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.
Singapore Executes People Sentenced to Death for Non-violent Crimes and Threatens their Lawyers
By Dinda Royhan, on 19 September 2019
On 13 July 2019, Think Centre reported that 32 executions have occurred in Singapore since it ended its moratorium on the death penalty in 2014. At the same time, lawyers defending capital cases have reported receiving threats from the government. As of the date of writing, Singapore is among 24 world states that have not ratified the ICCPR and its protocols.
3+4: Death Penalty Cases Now Jury Cases
By Nicolas Chua, on 23 November 2018
On 24 April 2018, ‘The People’s Jury Law’ established a new judicial framework to deal with serious criminal cases, including death penalty cases. As of its enactment, death penalty cases in China are now jury cases.
After more than 20 years without executions, a trend toward an official moratorium?
By Clémentine Etienne, on 27 June 2018
On 18 June 2018, the Korean National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) called on the South Korean President to declare an official moratorium on the death penalty to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10.
Republic of Korea
Dialogue on the death penalty during the 20th anniversary of the Reformasi
By Clémentine Etienne, on 27 June 2018
20 years after the end of the dictatorship, Indonesia is going through a period of legal changes and transition. What impact can abolitionist associations and NGOs working on the ground have in encouraging the actions of legal counsellors and civil society?
Why Jordan resumed executing people on the death row?
By Hend Hanafy, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, on 18 April 2018
For eight years since June 2006, Jordan was adopting a moratorium on the death penalty. However, on the 21st of December 2014, 11 people were hung in Swaqa Prison, thus, triggering questions about the timing and the reasons behind the resumption of the death penalty in Jordan. It is arguable that the internal political pressures on the government have fuelled this setback which was further eased through the international political opportunity of Jordan’s role in the war on terrorism.
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.
Iran (Islamic Republic of)