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.


Moving away from the death penalty in Zimbabwe – has the time come for change?

May 2018
This op-ed was published on Bulawayo24 News, 24 May 2018 By Parvais Jabbar and Val Ingham-Thorpe ...
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New opinion study shows Zimbabwean public ready to accept death penalty abolition

May 2018
Today, The Death Penalty Project, in partnership with Veritas, launches “12 Years Without an Execution: ...
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All prisoners serving life sentence in Belize to be re-sentenced following major decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice

April 2018
At least 44 prisoners currently serving life sentences in Belize will be re-sentenced following an ...
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Split Decision (Private Eye on the JCPC’s judgment in Jay Chandler)

March 2018
As reported in Private Eye Issue No.1466 (23 March- 5 April 2018) Privy Council judges ...
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