We believe the death penalty, however administered, will almost always violate universally accepted and absolute human rights, namely, the right to life and the right not to be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Consultation & Training
We continue to advise and enter into dialogue with governments, members of the legal profession and NGOs in any jurisdiction on questions of domestic and international human rights law concerning the imposition and application of the death penalty. In addition, training events for local lawyers and NGOs are regularly organised with the provision of relevant reference and resource material. We also implement and participate in judicial colloquiums on human rights law and the death penalty.
Training programmes in the Caribbean, Africa and Asia have tried to assist local lawyers representing prisoners in capital cases and mental health professionals who conduct assessments and prepare reports in capital cases.
Our activities focusing on legal consultation, research and dialogue have tried to increase the level of information available to key players and raise the levels of awareness on issues surrounding the death penalty and human rights. This has promoted informed discussions/debate concerning legal reforms based on world trends and contemporary human rights standards.
For specific consultation and training activities that we have carried out in each region, click here.