End the Death Penalty
The death penalty in 2012
Although the global trend towards abolition remained strong, 2012 saw a disappointing resumption of executions in some countries. The total number of confirmed executions was 682, two more than in 2011. Executions were recorded in 21 countries, the same number as 2011. The number of countries where death sentences were imposed fell from 63 to 58.
Why Amnesty International opposes the death penalty
We oppose 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.
- It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
- There is no evidence that it is any more effective in reducing crime than other punishments and it has no place in a modern criminal justice system.
- Death Sentences and Executions: An Amnesty International report on the death penalty, 2012 (PDF, 5MB)
- Press release: Death penalty, 2012