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.

Strategic litigation

We continue to implement appropriate legal strategies designed to ensure that the imposition and application of the death penalty complies with international human rights law. This takes place at national level, in criminal and constitutional proceedings, but also frequently at the international level, in individual and group applications to international human rights bodies such as the  UN Human Rights Committee, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

Where violations of international human rights law take place, cases are taken to international and regional human rights tribunals seeking appropriate remedies. This serves to promote minimum fair trial guarantees in capital cases, and seeks to develop human rights standards restricting the imposition and implementation of the death penalty.

For more detailed information on the specific cases we have brought before the international tribunals, click here.

LATEST NEWS


Legal provision restricting the right to appeal in death penalty cases struck down as a denial of due process

June 2017
In a judgment delivered today, the Privy Council has found unconstitutional a law excluding death ...
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British man avoids death penalty after being acquitted of murder in Kenya

June 2017
A British national who was facing the mandatory death penalty for the alleged murder of ...
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Mental disorder, the death penalty and international standards in Taiwan

June 2017
On 30th May – 2nd June 2017, Co-Executive Director, Saul Lehrfreund, and forensic psychiatrist, Dr ...
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Engaging Chinese lawyers on the death penalty

June 2017
On 3th -4th June the DPP was invited to deliver a series of workshops on ...
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