Today is World Day Against the Death Penalty

The 13th World Day Against Death Penalty will be marked on October 10, 2015. This day is to raise awareness about death penalty for the offenses that are drug-related; and it calls for the reduction of its use.

Many countries haves added the death penalty for drug crimes in the years of 1980 and 2000. This trend in legal systems has been going down, however some countries still keep executing those involved in drug crimes and drugs is the main cause of death sentences.

The day tries to make a point that the Death Penalty abuses the right of life; it is taken away from people that posses that right of living.

“The death penalty in practice:

  • 100 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes
  • 6 countries have abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes
  • 34 countries are abolitionist in practice
  • 58 countries and territories are retentionist
  • 22 countries carried out executions in 2014
    • 13 of the 33 countries have carried out an execution for drug crimes in the past five years
    • 12 of the 33 countries retain a mandatory death penalty for certain categories of drug crimes
    • 5 of the 33 countries are abolitionist in practice”33 countries and territories retain the death penalty for drug crimes”

By Irma Geldiashvili
Communications Intern

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