Every day, people are executed and sentenced to death by the state as punishment for a variety of crimes — sometimes for acts that should not be criminalized. In some countries, it can be for drug-related offences, in others it is reserved for terrorism-related acts and murder. People can spend years on death row, not knowing when their time is up, or whether they will see their families one last time. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Amnesty opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception - regardless of who is accused, the nature or circumstances of the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution. Amnesty International holds that the death penalty breaches human rights, in particular the right to life and the right to live free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The Case Against the Death Penalty
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Jump to navigation Skip navigation. The American Civil Liberties Union believes the death penalty inherently violates the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment and the guarantees of due process of law and of equal protection under the law. Furthermore, we believe that the state should not give itself the right to kill human beings — especially when it kills with premeditation and ceremony, in the name of the law or in the name of its people, and when it does so in an arbitrary and discriminatory fashion. Capital punishment is an intolerable denial of civil liberties and is inconsistent with the fundamental values of our democratic system. The death penalty is uncivilized in theory and unfair and inequitable in practice. Through litigation, legislation, and advocacy against this barbaric and brutal institution, we strive to prevent executions and seek the abolition of capital punishment.
The death penalty – your questions answered
The death penalty violates the most fundamental human right — the right to life. It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. The death penalty is discriminatory. It is often used against the most vulnerable in society, including the poor, ethnic and religious minorities, and people with mental disabilities. Some governments use it to silence their opponents.
Capital punishment , also known as the death penalty , is the state -sanctioned killing of a person as punishment for a crime. The sentence ordering that someone is punished with the death penalty is called a death sentence , and the act of carrying out such a sentence is known as an execution. A prisoner awaiting their execution is condemned and is "on death row ". Crimes that are punishable by death are known as capital crimes , capital offences or capital felonies , and vary depending on the jurisdiction, but commonly include serious crimes against the person such as murder , mass murder , aggravated cases of rape , child rape , child sexual abuse , terrorism , war crimes , crimes against humanity , and genocide , along with crimes against the state such as attempting to overthrow government, treason , espionage , sedition , piracy , and aircraft hijacking. Also, in some cases, acts of recidivism , aggravated robbery , and kidnapping , in addition to drug trafficking , drug dealing , and drug possession , are capital crimes or enhancements.