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.


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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