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.


Norwegian-British prisoner released from death row in DRC amid growing health concerns

May 2017
Joshua French, a dual British and Norwegian national who has spent eight years on death ...
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Battered woman who killed her husband released from prison in Belize

April 2017
A woman who killed her husband after enduring years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, ...
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India: Who is being sentenced to death?

April 2017
On 11th May 2017, we will be hosting a talk by Neetika Vishwanath and Rahul Raman, ...
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Execution of the intellectually disabled is unconstitutional in Trinidad says Privy Council, but courts may still impose death sentences

March 2017
Today, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London delivered a long awaited judgment ...
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