Death Penalty

Every day people are put to death in countries around the world. In some countries, children and the mentally ill do not escape death sentences. So-called ‘crimes’ that can be 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

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Active Cases and issues

  • Image of Kris and Marita Maharaj

    Kris Maharaj

    Kris Maharaj was sentenced to death in 1987 for two murders he didn't...

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    Ali Babitu Kololo

    Ali Babitu Kololo is a 35-year-old father of two young children from a...

  • Image of Mohameds kids holding a photo of him

    Mohammed Ramadan

    Mohammed was accused of involvement in an attack on other police officers,...

  • Image of Dawood al-Marhoon

    Dawood al-Marhoon

    Dawood al-Marhoon was just a 17 year old boy when he was arrested without a...

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    Ali al-Nimr

    Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death by...

  • Image of Abdullah Alzaher

    Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher

    Abdullah was just 15 years old when he was arrested in 2012 for allegedly...

  • Image of Khizar Hayat

    Khizar Hayat

    Khizar Hayat is a former policeman from Pakistan who is severely mentally...

  • Image of Imdad Ali

    Imdad Ali

    Imdad Ali is a former electrician from Pakistan who is severely mentally...

  • Image of Muhammad Anwar

    Muhammad Anwar

    Muhammad Anwar was arrested in 1993 when he was just 17 years old. He was...

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    Abdul Basit

    Abdul Basit faces hanging in Pakistan, despite being paralyzed from the...

  • Image of Linda Carty smiling

    Linda Carty

    Linda Carty, a British grandmother, was convicted and sentenced to death by...

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Closed Cases

  • Image of Andy Tsege and his family

    Andy Tsege

    Andy Tsege is a father of three from London. He was kidnapped by the...

  • Image of Ibrahim Halawa

    Ibrahim Halawa

    Ibrahim was caught up in the breakup of political protests while on holiday...

  • Image of Aftab Bahadur as a child

    Aftab Bahadur

    Aftab Bahadur was sentenced to death as a child. Despite clear evidence of...

  • Image of Shafik Rehman in a wheelchair

    Shafik Rehman

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

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