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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 – 140 – have now abolished the death penalty in law or practice.  In the U.S., 18 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.

Death Penalty Updates
Blog
Moses Akatugba was 16 years old when he was arrested by the Nigerian police in 2005. In the years that followed, he was beaten by the police, shot in the hand, and hung for hours at the police station...
News
The vast majority of the world’s countries today threw their weight behind a UN General Assembly resolution to establish a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty globally...
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.