Death Penalty

Reprieve assists people facing the death penalty or on death row around the world. We aim to end the death penalty through our work on individual cases and our wider projects.

We are currently assisting more than 100 people facing the death penalty in 17 countries

Reprieve works to end the death penalty worldwide. We focus on cases most likely to have an impact on the practice of the death penalty, either in a particular country or the wider region. We use our unique position as a European NGO to encourage Europe’s engagement in the fight for universal abolition.

Our caseworkers build relationships with our clients’ local lawyers, undertake investigation both in the UK and abroad, draft legal documents, and provide training on capital defence issues and best practice. We also, where appropriate, work with national and international media outlets to publicise our clients’ cases and the human rights issues they raise. In doing so, we aim to save our clients’ lives, restrict the use of the death penalty more widely, and encourage public debate.

We currently provide legal and investigative assistance to more than 100 people facing execution in 17 countries.

Urgent Cases

  • Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher

    Abdullah was just 15 years old when he was arrested in 2012 for allegedly participating in protests in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. He has been sentenced to death by...

  • Dawood al-Marhoon

    Dawood al-Marhoon was just a 17 year old boy when he was arrested without a warrant for allegedly participating in an anti-government protest. After refusing to spy on the...

  • Ali al-Nimr

    Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in the wake of 2012 protests.

  • 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.

  • Ibrahim Halawa

    Ibrahim was caught up in the breakup of political protests while on holiday in Egypt. He awaits a mass trial and faces the death penalty if convicted. Reprieve is working...

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