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


EVENT: The Slow Death of the Death Penalty in the U.S.A: Recent Trends

January 2018
The Death Penalty Project is hosting a talk by Professor Michael L. Radelet, University of ...
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Caribbean Court of Justice considers constitutionality of the mandatory death penalty in Barbados

January 2018
Today, the Caribbean Court of Justice hears the appeals of two death row prisoners who ...
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New professional resources published on mental health in capital cases

January 2018
The Death Penalty Project and Forensic Psychiatry Chambers have released two new publications, together providing ...
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Trinidad waits on British judges’ death row ruling as murders soar

January 2018
As reported by Owen Bowcott in The Guardian, 15 January 2018 (Original article) Five British ...
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