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.

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Latest Death Penalty News

Death Penalty
October 24, 2017

The Dublin teenager who faced a death sentence is now free

After all his suffering, Ibrahim Halawa is now free, and we at Reprieve are rejoicing along with his relatives, lawyers, politicians and thousands of supporters who worked so hard to...
Death Penalty
October 20, 2017

Egypt frees Irish student after four-year ordeal

The Egyptian authorities have released an Irish citizen who was arrested at a protest at the age of 17, and who had been facing a death sentence. Ibrahim Halawa, from...
Death Penalty
October 6, 2017

Executioners Wanted: 5 alarming facts about executions in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been one of the five top executing countries in the world for more than a decade. So far this year, the Saudi authorities have put 100 people...
Death Penalty
October 6, 2017

This case could change the death penalty system in Pakistan for good

Pakistan has the world’s largest death row. It is a place where human rights are too frequently ignored, where torture is rife, and even children are not spared from the gallows....
Death PenaltyTorture
September 18, 2017

Irish student acquitted in Egypt after four years of mass trial

An Irish student who was a juvenile when he was arrested has been acquitted at an Egyptian mass trial, four years after his arrest at a protest.

Death Penalty
September 13, 2017

US urged to sanction officials who abuse protesters

Rights groups have urged the US to use a new type of sanction against foreign officials accused of rights abuses – including Saudi judges that have recently sentenced protesters to death