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

Organizations against the Death Penalty (German speaking countries)

Anmesty International, entstanden aus einer reinen Gefangenenhilfsorganisation, wurde mittlerweile zu einer der führenden Menschenrechtsorganisationen weltweit. Regelmäßig startet das internationale Sekretariat von Amnesty Aktionen und Kampagnen gegen die Todesstrafe. Aufgabe der deutschen Koordinationsgruppe ist es, diese Aktionen in Deutschland weiterzugeben und auch hier über das Thema Todesstrafe zu informieren. 


Die schweizer Organisation Lifespark hat sich hauptsächlich auf die Vermittlung von Brieffreundschaften zu Gefangenen im Todestrakt spezialisiert. Hierbei legt Lifespark besonderen Wert auf die Betreuung und Unterstützung der Mitglieder, die einen solchen Briefkontakt haben.

International organizations

Official international site on Amnesty International's death penalty abolition efforts. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.  

By working towards the abolition of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International USA's Death Penalty Abolition Campaign looks to end the cycle of violence created by a system riddled with economic and racial bias and tainted by human error.

The Anti-death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) is an independent informal network committed to working for the abolition of the Death Penalty within the Asia Pacific Region. The network is not linked to any political party or religion and is independent of all governments.

Death Penalty Focus is one of the largest nonprofit advocacy organizations in the United States of America dedicated to the abolition of capital punishment through public education; grassroots and political organizing; original research; media outreach; local, state and nationwide coalition building; and the education of religious, legislative and civic leaders about the death penalty and its alternatives.

Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center is a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. The Center was founded in 1990 and prepares in-depth reports, issues press releases, conducts briefings for journalists, and serves as a resource to those working on this issue. The Center is widely quoted and consulted by all those concerned with the death penalty.

Hands off Cain

Hands Off Cain is a league of citizens and parliamentarians for the abolition of the death penalty worldwide. It was founded in Brussels in 1993. Hands Off Cain is a non-profit organisation and a constituent member of the Transnational Radical Party.

[Translate to Englisch:] The Indiana Abolition Coalition (IAC) is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors and aims to build consensus to end the death penalty in Indiana through education, collaboration and activism. The IAC works and collaborates with partner organizations as well as individuals like victim families.

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Headquartered in Washington, DC, NCADP serves its network of over 100 state and national affiliates. NCADP provides them with technical assistance, training and strategic advice and assists in devising public policy campaigns to end, limit or repeal the death penalty, state by state. For advocates committed to ending the death penalty NCADP serves as a clearinghouse with contacts and information.  NCADP produces reports, fact sheets and other public education materials for use in state campaigns.

To support local efforts for policy change NCADP also mounts national campaigns on specific death penalty cases and issues.

Serbia Against Capital Punishment is dedicated to the world-wide abolition of the death penalty. The organisation opposes its re-introduction in any abolitionist country, Serbia in particular.

The site is devoted primarily to the history of capital punishment in Serbia (1804-2002) and the former Yugoslavia (1918-1991).

Stop Child Executions

Stop Child Executions is the leading organization providing information and updates on the situation of minors on death row in Iran. SCE is run entirely by volunteers and is an independent, non-political human rights group whose aim is to put a permanent end to child executions.

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty is an alliance of about 60 NGOs, bar associations, local bodies and unions.

The aim of the World Coalition is to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty. Its ultimate objective is to obtain the definitive abolition of death sentences and executions in those countries where the death penalty is in force. In some countries, it is seeking to obtain a reduction in the use of capital punishment as a first step towards abolition.