Death Penalty

Every day people are put to death in countries around the world. In Saudi Arabia, 47 people have been executed in just one day. In some countries, children and the mentally ill do not escape death sentences. So-called ‘crimes’ that are punished by execution can include homosexuality, adultery and blasphemy, and authoritarian regimes regularly use the death penalty to silence those who dare to oppose them.

The death penalty is cruel, inhuman and degrading and a violation of human rights. Reprieve works to end the death penalty worldwide. We fight to save our clients from execution, but also to challenge whole systems of injustice by focusing on cases most likely to have a wider impact.

We are on the frontline, investigating cases, tracking down evidence and witnesses – then our lawyers take action in the courts. We combine this legal action with public pressure from people all around the world who stand with us to oppose the death penalty.

What we do works – we have had an enormous impact on the death penalty and have saved over 400 prisoners facing a death sentence.

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Death Penalty Issues

Urgent Cases

  • Mohammed Ramadan

    Mohammed was accused of involvement in an attack on other police officers, despite a total lack of evidence tying him to the crime. In reality, Mohammed was arrested in...

  • Andy Tsege

    Andy Tsege – is a father of three from London. He was kidnapped by the Ethiopian government in 2014 during a political crackdown. He has been sentenced to death.

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Active Cases and issues

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Closed Cases

  • Shafik Rehman

    Shafik is an elderly British journalist who was swept up in a crackdown on...

  • Shafqat Hussain

    Shafqat Hussain was 14 years old when he was brutally tortured and...

  • Khadija Shah

    27-year-old Khadija Shah and her baby daughter Malaika are currently being...

  • Hasnain Ali

    Hasnain Ali is a 32-year-old British national who was tortured by the...

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Press Releases

  • UK drug strategy raises human rights fears – Reprieve

    July 14, 2017

    The Government’s 2017 drug strategy could risk contributing to the death penalty for drug offences overseas, human rights organization Reprieve has said.

  • Saudi Arabia Executes Prisoner Convicted Of Protest

    July 11, 2017

    The Saudi authorities have executed four men who were convicted in a secret ‘terrorism’ court – including at least one man who was convicted on charges relating to protests. It marks the first execution coming from the terrorism court since a mass execution in January 2016, in which several protesters convicted at the court were killed.

  • Pope meets Trump - Reprieve comment

    May 24, 2017

    Pope Francis must warn President Trump against policies that violate the sanctity of life, international human rights organization Reprieve has said.

  • Trump must condemn Saudi juvenile executions - Reprieve

    May 18, 2017

    Human rights organization Reprieve has urged President Trump to call for the release of three Saudi juveniles who face execution on terrorism charges, after they allegedly attended protests.

  • Trump in Saudi Arabia as juveniles face execution

    May 15, 2017

    President Trump is preparing to visit Riyadh, as concerns grow for three Saudi juveniles who face imminent execution for attending protests.

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