International Death Penalty

The World Moves Towards Abolition

International death penalty trends are unmistakably towards abolition. Use of the death penalty worldwide has continued to shrink, and use of the death penalty has also been increasingly curtailed in international law. Since 1990, an average of three countries each year have abolished the death penalty, and today over two-thirds of the world's nations have ended capital punishment in law or practice.

International Death Penalty Updates
Blog
There's a new hanging judge in Egypt, and he's casting a chill upon the declining hopes and vision for human rights that came out of the 2011 uprising.
Press Release
Alarming levels of executions in an isolated group of countries in 2013 saw close to 100 more people put to death around the world compared to the previous year, a jump of almost 15 percent.
Report
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.