Human Rights and the Death Penalty


“Considering that the use of the death penalty undermines human dignity and convinced that a moratorium on the use of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement and progressive development of human rights, that there is no conclusive evidence of the deterrent value of the death penalty and that any miscarriage or failure of justice in the implementation of the death penalty is irreversible and irreparable...”

~ United Nations Resolution 62/149, Moratorium on the use of the death penalty,26 February 2008.


Death Penalty around the World
Learn about the United Nations' position on the death penalty and use of the death penalty around the world.

Death Penalty in the U.S. Fact Sheet
Learn about human rights and the death penalty in the United States.

Take Action on the Death Penalty
Find out how to get involved and take action and connect with one of the many organizations seeking to abolish the death penalty.

Death Penalty Quiz
Test your knowledge of human rights and the death penalty in the U.S. with our downloadable quiz.
Death Penalty PowerPoint
Download "Human Rights and the Death Penalty in the U.S." PowerPoint presentation.
Death Penalty Glossary
Become familiar with commonly used terms in criminal justice with this accessible glossary.
Lesson Plans on the Death Penalty in the U.S.
Amnesty International's Death Penalty Curriculum Guide provides an overview of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a factual analysis of the death penalty, and a discussion of the human rights issues surrounding the death penalty and the criminal justice system in general.  It also includes an array of resources, statistical information, and case studies for students' consideration.  (Grades 8-12)
Read about Chuck Lloyd and Deb Lingen's experiences working as members of the Death Penalty Project Steering Committee on Burrell’s post-conviction case.
Among her many positions, Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins is on the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s board of directors, and also works as a leading national victim expert. Jennifer’s advocacy is rooted in the tragic murder of her sister Nancy Bishop Langert and her husband, Richard Langert. Jennifer’s trauma shaped her activism for a "victim-centered" approach toward the criminal justice system, which includes advocating against the death penalty.
John Getsinger Testimonial
Read about John Getsinger's experience as a lawyer working on the State of Louisiana v. Alvin Scott Loyd case.
Robyn Skrebes Testimonial
Read about Robyn Skrebes' experience working on the Death Penalty Project at The Advocates for Human Rights.

Sandra Babcock Testimonial
Click here to read Professor Sandra Babcock's testimonial.