We are prepared to work wherever the death penalty is imposed - we will never turn a case down.

DPP in africa

Since 2003, we have been working with lawyers and NGOs in a number of African countries in seeking to enforce the constitutional rights of those facing the death penalty. As a result we have been able to transfer our skills and experience in assisting prisoners under sentence of death to countries including Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In addition, through our work in the region, we have established an African legal network, consisting of our local partners, lawyers and NGOs. We provide regular updates on the latest developments to the network and share litigation strategies in order to strengthen our collective challenge to the death penalty.

To see a selection of the cases and issues determined, click on the specific countries listed on the right.

Consultation and training


Kampala, Uganda, February 2009

In February 2009, we organised a regional strategy meeting to bring together all partner organisations working with us in Africa. Appropriate regional strategies were defined and improved methods of co-operation between NGOs, human rights workers and national human rights organisations were promoted.

Nairobi, Kenya, March 2011

A much larger meeting of African partners was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 30 March 2011. Regional strategies on the death penalty were agreed and contemporary issues in each jurisdiction were discussed and relevant actions proposed.

Regional strategy meetings have proved to be an essential tool for sustaining partnerships with African lawyers and NGOs, and by reviewing progress in the region, we continue to identify effective strategies for future implementation.

To read about more about  our other activities in Africa, including training events and research, please click on the relevant links.