Death Penalty Worldwide

Links to Death Penalty Organizations

Consult our database for a full list of organizations active in each death penalty country.

  • World Coalition Against the Death Penalty
    The WCADP is an international alliance of over 120 NGOs, bar associations, local authorities and unions dedicated to obtaining the universal abolition of the death penalty through lobbying at the state and international levels, support of regional, national and local abolitionist groups, and the organization of international campaigns, including the annual World Day Against the Death Penalty. Their website contains many useful resources in English, French, Arabic and other languages.

  • Amicus
    Amicus is a UK-based NGO supporting U.S. capital defense lawyers by providing them with the pro bono legal assistance of U.K. lawyers and law students.

  • Amnesty International
    AI is a global organization whose mission is to end human rights violations by conducting campaigns and actions, and documenting abuses through the collection and publication of data. Amnesty issues a widely-referenced report every year on Death Sentences and Executions throughout the world.

  • Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network
    The Anti -Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) is a cross-regional network of NGOs founded in Hong Kong in 2006. It is committed to working for the abolition of the death penalty across Asia and the Pacific.

  • Capital Punishment U.K.
    Capital Punishment U.K. is a website documenting the history of the death penalty, particularly in the U.K., and providing up-to-date information on the number of executions conducted in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

  • Centre for Capital Punishment Studies
    The Centre for Capital Punishment Studies at the University of Westminster's School of Law seeks to assist governments in abolishing capital punishment. The Centre complements litigation strategies with capacity-building projects such as supporting the research and publication of evidence-based information, conducting seminars for policy-makers in countries on the cusp of abolition, and integrating public opinion and victims' rights into the death penalty debate.

  • Death Penalty Information Center
    The Death Penalty Information Center is a major information resource on the death penalty in the United States. It offers exhaustive data and issue analysis on death sentences and executions and monitors every death row inmate in every state.

  • Death Penalty Project
    The Death Penalty Project, based in London, provides death-sentenced prisoners from the Caribbean with pro bono legal representation for their final appeal before British courts. It also assists lawyers presenting constitutional and international legal arguments before national courts and regional and international human rights tribunals.

  • Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort
    Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort is the leading international alliance of francophone abolitionist organizations. Every three years, it organizes the World Congress Against the Death Penalty, the world's largest abolitionist gathering.

  • Federation Internationale des Droits de l'Homme (International Federation for Human Rights)
    The FIDH, the world's oldest human rights organization, is a federation of state-level member organizations engaged in the struggle for human rights. It publishes press releases and reports on the law and practice of capital punishment around the world.

  • Hands Off Cain
    Hands Off Cain is an abolitionist organization founded by parlamentarians and citizens in Italy. It publishes annual reports on the death penalty, and its website is an excellent resource for news and information pertaining to the application of the death penalty around the world.

  • Foreign Nationals, Consular Rights and the Death Penalty
    Authored by human rights lawyer Mark Warren, this website provides independent information and expertise on international human rights issues, with a particular focus on consular notification and assistance issues in the cases of foreign nationals facing the death penalty.

  • Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch is an international organization dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights through investigations and strategic advocacy. It publishes news releases and in-depth thematic reports on death penalty issues.

  • International Academic Network for the Abolition of Capital Punishment
    The International Academic Network for the Abolition of Capital Punishment is a Spain-based network of legal scholars, human rights centers and NGOs.

  • International Commission Against Death Penalty
    The ICDP, founded in 2010 and based in Geneva, is composed of 15 high-profile Commissioners from around the world, including former members of government and senior UN officials. The Commission promotes the abolition of the death penalty through collaboration and intervention before international, regional, and national bodies, and the publication of appeals, statements and reports concerning capital punishment.

  • Harm Reduction International
    Harm Reduction International is a leading global NGO working to promote harm reduction policies - policies that seek to reduce the harms associated with drug use - worldwide. HRI publishes research on the death penalty as applied to drug offenses.

  • La Peine de Mort Dans le Monde
    La Peine de Mort Dans le Monde is a French-language website providing a comprehensive collection of regularly-updated news articles on capital punishment around the world, organized chronologically, by topic and by country.

  • Penal Reform International
    Penal Reform International is an international NGO working on criminal justice reform worldwide. Its global abolition work focuses on stakeholder training, advocacy initiatives, and the implementation of human rights standards on death row.

  • Reprieve
    Reprieve is a group of international charities, with branches in the UK, Australia and the United States, dedicated to assisting in the provision of effective legal representation and humanitarian assistance to impoverished people facing the death penalty, and to producing and publishing information about the use of the death penalty.

Last updated on July 2, 2013

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