Urgent Action Update: Three Men Executed, Four Others at Risk (USA: UA 26.20)

On 14 July, the US authorities carried out the first federal execution in 17 years, with two others following closely on 16 and 17 July. Two of them were executed hours after their original death warrants had expired, following the lifting by the US Supreme Court of temporary injunctions put in place by lower courts. As a fourth man remains at risk of execution on 28 August and a new execution has been set for 26 August, we urge the US Attorney General to call off the death warrants and abandon any plans to pursue further executions.



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Attorney General William Barr
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Department Comment Line: (202) 353-1555
Email: [email protected]
Michael Carvajal
Director, Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First St., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: (202) 307-3198
Email: [email protected]


Dear Attorney General Barr,

I am writing to ask you to do all in your power to call off the executions of four men convicted under US federal law, currently set for 26 and 28 August and 22 and 24 September, and abandon any plans to pursue further death warrants.

The three executions carried out over four days in July have provided new evidence of flaws and arbitrariness that have long affected the US death penalty system. Racial bias and flawed legal representation are some of the common factors that have contributed to unreliable judicial decisions on life or death, including for people with severe mental and intellectual disabilities. I ask you to intervene and lead the urgent review of the broken US death penalty system.

As of today, 22 US states have now abolished the death penalty, and 11 others have not carried out executions in more than 10 years. 2019 figures on executions and death sentences confirmed that yearly US totals remain within historical lows. Similar trends are reflected at a global level, where 86% of all confirmed executions in 2019 (excluding China) were recorded in just four countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Egypt.

I encourage you to do everything in your power to call off the scheduled executions and end the cycle of violence.

Yours sincerely,



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