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 40 people facing the death penalty in 11 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 over 40 people facing execution all over the world, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Pakistan, the UAE and the USA. Over the past twelve months, Reprieve staff have averted death sentences for 13 people.

Death Penalty Updates

Urgent Cases

  • Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher

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

  • Dawood al-Marhoon

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

  • Ali al-Nimr

    Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death by crucifixion in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising.

  • Ivan Teleguz

    Ivan Teleguz faces execution in Virginia dispute overwhelming evidence of his innocence. Since his conviction, two of the witnesses against him have admitted lying to the...

  • Andy Tsege

    Andargachew Tsege – also known as Andy – is a father of three from London. A prominent figure in Ethiopian politics, he was kidnapped by the Ethiopian government as...

  • Ibrahim Halawa

    Ibrahim was caught up in the turmoil of political protests while on holiday in Egypt. As we was arrested, he was shot in the hand, but denied medical assistance. His hand...

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