Urgent Action Update: Two More US Federal Executions Imminent (USA: UA 26.20)

September 22, 2020

After a hiatus of 17 years, the Trump administration resumed executions of people convicted under US federal law on 14 July 2020. Five men have already been put to death over a seven-week period, and two other executions are currently set for 22 and 24 September. As global progress towards ending the use of the death penalty continues, 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 to do all in your power to call off the executions of two men convicted under US federal law, currently set for 22 and 24 September, and abandon any plans to pursue further death warrants.

The relentless pursuit of executions by the US Department of Justice as displayed in recent months has not only put the spotlight on the flaws and arbitrariness that have long affected the USA death penalty system, but has also shown cruel contempt on the part of your administration for safeguards and restrictions established under international law and standards to guarantee protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty. 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 USA death penalty system.

As of today, 22 US states have abolished the death penalty, and 11 others have not carried out executions in more than 10 years. 2019 figures confirmed that yearly US totals of executions and death sentences remain within historical lows; at a global level, 86% of all confirmed executions (excluding China) were recorded in 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,