Executions in 2018: min. 690 plus 'thousands' in China

What Else Can We Do?

There are people who would like to do something against the death penalty, but who do not have the time or the financial means in order to support an association as an active or passive member. Again and again people ask us what else one can do. Here are some ideas: 

Get informed regularly – only in this way can you argue in an appropriate way!


One thing which people often tend to forget are conversations in the circle of friends and acquaintances. It is much easier to talk about a subject with people whom one knows than with strangers. And people tend to be more open for new ideas with respect to acquaintances than with respect to strangers. Speak with your friends, relatives and acquaintances! Tell them about your concerns and the things which are presently happening. In this way you can win new supporters for abolition and also motivate others to play a part for example in petitions.

Letters To The Editor

On the internet, in newspapers and magazines editors again and again return to the topic of the death penalty. Write letters to the editor, correct wrong statements and inform them about what’s really happening.

‘Cities For Life’

The community of Sant’Egidio started the initiative ‘Cities for Life’ in the year 2002. Cities are asked to illuminate a deeply symbolic building of their city in a specific manner on 30 November. In 2008 as many as 998 cities participated in this initiative and thus expressed their rejection of the death penalty. Contact your municipal council and tell them about this initiative. You can also inform the local press. A short note or a call at the editorial office is often sufficient, and the editors will write an article. You will find further information and photos regarding the ‘Cities for Life’  here.


Penpalships are often the only remaining window to the world for prisoners on death row. Often the prisoners are abandoned by their families and await their execution alone for years. A penpalship shows to the prisoner that he or she – despite his or her deed he or she is still accepted as a human being. These letters give him or her support in the specific situation and help him or her to bear the often inhumane conditions in a prison. 

Please have no concerns if your English is not  advanced  –  what counts is the gesture and the thought which in itself is sufficient.




Death Penalty world-wide

There are still 58 countries and territories which keep capital punishment in their law and carried out executions in the past 10 years, among these countries are also the USA and Japan.

We want to give you a short overview over the death penalty world-wide here.



In our shop we offer miscellaneous articles which you can use to demonstrate your rejection of the death penalty in public. There are t-shirts, sweaters and jackets in different forms and colors, but also cups, bags, baseball caps and buttons.