End Capital Punishment

The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. By working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International aims to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error.

Amnesty International campaigns to abolish the death penalty in the USA by focusing on individual cases of injustice, supporting work for death penalty repeal efforts in the states, and educating campuses and communities about the fatally flawed nature of our capital punishment system.

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Abolish the Death Penalty Updates
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While more and more states abolish the death penalty or abandon its use, those that continue to cling to it do so in increasingly gruesome circumstances.
Press Release
Today the Nebraska legislature passed a measure repealing the death penalty, leaving that state poised to become the 19th U.S. state to abolish capital punishment. The measure passed with enough votes...
Victory

On 23 February, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued a stay of execution in the case of Rodney Reed, who was due to be put to death on 5 March for a murder in 1996 which he has consistently s...

Report

An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security linked to terrorism, crime or internal instability in 2014, Amnesty International found...

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