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.
For 40 years, we have been working to end executions. When we began that work in 1977, only 16 countries had totally abolished the death penalty. Today, that number has risen to 104 – more than half the world’s countries.
We know that, together, we can end the death penalty everywhere. We are calling for: