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.