The death penalty is cruel, inhuman, degrading and a violation of human rights.

We’re working on the front line to end it for good.

One third of all countries still use capital punishment, even though it has never been shown to deter to crime. In America, 2,943 people were facing execution in January 2016. In China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, thousands are executed every year, with widespread torture, unfair trials and brutal killing practices.

Reprieve US is working on the front line to end the death penalty. We are now working with 70 people facing execution in 11 countries, including Pakistan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and the USA.  Our caseworkers build relationships with local lawyers, investigate cases, draft legal documents, and provide training on capital defense issues and best practice. We have prevented executions in all but six of our cases: a 98 percent success rate.

Our Stop Lethal Injection Project (SLIP) advises companies who object to their medicines being misused in executions. This has resulted in a dramatic fall in the rate of executions across the USA. Our Stop Aid for Executions (SAFE) project seeks to stop governments from providing financial counter-narcotics assistance to countries which hand down the death penalty for drug-related offenses.

Our Death Penalty Work


The Death Penalty Around the World

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Urgent: Take Action To Stop Imminent Executions in Saudi Arabia

Open Death Penalty Cases

Kris Maharaj

Anthony Farina

Imdad Ali

Ali al Nimr

Dawoud al-Marhoon

Abdullah Hasan al-Zaher

Mohamed Ramadhan

Andy Tsege

Closed Death Penalty Cases

Shafqat Hussain

Ivan Teleguz

Aftab Bahadur

Ryan Matthews

William Morva

Latest Death Penalty News

Death Penalty
January 15, 2018

Kris Maharaj – an innocent men in a Miami jail

Chances are you’ve not heard of a millionaire British businessman called Kris Maharaj.
Death Penalty
January 15, 2018

One year anniversary of three executions in Bahrain

One year ago today, Bahrain executed three men who were arrested in the wake of…
Death Penalty
January 2, 2018

A warning 2 years on from mass execution

Two years on from a mass execution that saw political protesters – including children –…
Death Penalty
December 22, 2017

Visiting The Innocent Man Spending His 30th Christmas In A US Jail

Last week, as soon as I got off the plane from Guantanamo Bay, I went…
Death Penalty
December 22, 2017

Your birthday messages to Ali al-Nimr

Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death as a child for the ‘crime’ of attending pro-democracy…
Death Penalty
December 20, 2017

5 worrying things we’ve learned from new Saudi execution numbers

Saudi Arabia has executed 137 people this year - 11 in just the last two…