We work collaboratively with governments, policymakers, inter-governmental organisations, civil society and the media to advocate for an end to the use of the death penalty worldwide and the implementation of humane alternative sanctions in its place.
We ultimately want to see the death penalty abolished worldwide. On the path towards full abolition, we seek to progressively restrict the use of the death penalty in law and in practice. This might involve working with states to reduce the number of death penalty applicable offences, to implement a moratorium on sentencing and on executions, to observe fair trial guarantees, and to respect human rights standards and norms for prisoners on death row.
- We lobby at an international and regional level for the abolition of the death penalty and the introduction of humane alternatives.
- We develop resources and provide guidance to governments, policymakers, parliamentarians, members of the judiciary and prison staff to undertake legal and policy reforms to support abolition and the introduction of humane alternative sanctions.
- We work with local civil society organisations and the media to build their capacity to develop and carry out effective advocacy and media campaigns promoting the abolition of the death penalty in their own countries.
- We advocate for humane prison conditions for prisoners on death row in line with international standards, and organise trainings for prison authorities to raise awareness about the relevant standards.
- We support the many government and civil society voices calling for an end to the death penalty for drug-related offences. The UN has consistently argued that drug-related offences are not ‘the most serious’ and therefore may not receive a death sentence, yet over 30 countries still permit it in law.
- We support UN human rights bodies, such as the Special Rapporteur on Torture, the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions and the Committee Against Torture, and seek to contribute to the development of international law relating to the death penalty and alternative sanctions.
- We support the Working Group on Death Penalty and Extra-Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary killings in Africa, appointed in 2005 by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, in its work to develop a regional Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the abolition of the death penalty in Africa.
- We support the World Coalition against the Death Penalty, working with other human rights organisations around the world to strengthen the international struggle against the death penalty through lobbying activities, sharing information and resources and organising events that have an international impact.