More than two thirds of world's countries have abolished capital punishment entirely - including every state in Europe other than Belarus, all of South America bar Guyana, and much of Africa. Most others use it rarely if ever; and every two years a clear majority support a UN Resolution calling for a worldwide ban (in December 2012: 111 voted for a ban vs 41 against). However, a few countries - China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan among them, and some states in the USA - especially Texas, still regularly put people to death - though, even China, which executes far more people than the rest of the world put together, has taken steps in recent years to restrict the use of the death penalty, while a number of US states have abolished it altogether.

Killing people to show people that killing people is wrong, is just so wrong… - it's barbaric, it doesn't work, and at least sometimes the "wrong" people get killed - let’s consign the death penalty to the trash can of history, everywhere. 

We work to help bring anti death penalty activists and groups together in support of the worldwide campaign for global abolition. You can find out more about the global campaign through the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, and you can keep up to date with news and action alerts from around the world through the Death Penalty Action Network feeds on Facebook and Twitter.

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