Every day, people are executed by the state as punishment for crimes.
In some countries, you can be sentenced to death for acts that should never be criminalised, like homosexuality. In others, it is reserved for acts of terror and murder. Some countries even execute people who were under 18 years old when the crime was committed.
The death penalty is cruel, inhuman and degrading. Amnesty opposes the death penalty at all times – regardless of who is accused, the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution.
We have been working to end executions since 1977, when only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty in law or practice. Today, the number has risen to 140 – nearly two-thirds of countries around the world.
We know that, together, we can end the death penalty everywhere. We are calling for: