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The Ultimate Denial of Human Rights

The death penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state.

It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the right to be free from cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.  Over two-thirds of the countries in the world – 141 – have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice.  In the U.S., 17 states have put an end to state-sanctioned killing.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

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More than a million Amnesty activists like you helped secure the release Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death because of her religious beliefs.
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In the aftermath of the drawn-out Arizona execution last night of Joseph R. Wood III, in which he was reported to have potentially suffered, Amnesty International USA executive director Steven W. Hawk...
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Despite the setbacks in 2013, there has been a steady decline in the number of countries using the death penalty over the last 20 years, and there was progress in all regions last year.
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