Since our formation, in 1992, we have saved the lives of thousands of people in Caribbean and African countries.


The Death Penalty Project (DPP) began in 1992 when Saul Lehrfreund joined law firm Simons Muirhead and Burton to work specifically on death row cases with the late Bernard Simons. Parvais Jabbar joined soon afterwards.

In 2006, The Death Penalty Project Limited was formed with its sister charity, The Death Penalty Charitable Trust. The charitable status has enabled the DPP to apply for grants from a diverse range of funders and it is now supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, as well as a number of charitable foundations. To see our principal funders, click here.

Essential to their work is the continued support of SMAB, which provides offices for the DPP and covers many of its other administrative costs.

In 2016, the DPP was granted special consultative status with ECOSOC.


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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Pitman and Hernandez: Legal commentary

March 2017
Lester Pitman and Neil Hernandez v The State (Trinidad and Tobago) [2017] UKPC 6 Execution ...
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Two Bulgarian nationals saved from execution in Malaysia

February 2017
The Court of Appeal of Malaysia was right to quash the death sentences of two ...
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Towards the abolition of the death penalty in Belarus

December 2016
Last week co-executive director Parvais Jabbar participated in conference “Abolition of the Death Penalty and ...
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