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Die Todesstrafe ist eine vorsätzliche Tötung von Menschen durch den Staat. Amnesty wendet sich in allen Fällen vorbehaltlos gegen diese Strafe – ohne Ausnahme und unabhängig davon, welche Straftat jemand begangen hat, was die Täterin oder der Täter für ein Mensch ist oder welche Hinrichtungsmethode zur Anwendung kommt.

Verbrechen müssen geahndet werden. Strafen dürfen aber nie Leben und Würde des Menschen antasten. Es gibt keinen Beweis dafür, dass die Todesstrafe eine stärkere Abschreckungswirkung hat als eine Haftstrafe. Das Risiko, Unschuldige hinzurichten, ist nie auszuschließen.

Amnesty versucht, Menschen vor Exekutionen zu retten und kämpft weltweit für die Abschaffung der Todesstrafe in Gesetz und Praxis.

Iran: ai über die steigende Hinrichtungszahl bestürzt

Amnesty International is appalled at the reports of the execution of 21 people in Iran this morning, bringing the total number of executions recorded by the organization since the start of 2007 to 210. This figure exceeds the 177 executions recorded in 2006, although the true figure for both years is likely to be higher. Weiterlesen

Todesstrafe vs. Menschenrechte: Todesstrafe abschaffen, warum?

The time has come to abolish the death penalty worldwide. The case for abolition becomes more compelling with each passing year. Everywhere experience shows that executions brutalize those involved in the process. Nowhere has it been shown that the death penalty has any special power to reduce crime or political violence. In country after country, Weiterlesen

Weltweiter Hinrichtungstopp jetzt!

A resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions will be introduced at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) 62nd session which begins on 18 September 2007. The adoption of such a resolution by the UN’s principal organ would be an important milestone towards the abolition of the death penalty. The High Commissioner for Human Weiterlesen

Jemen: Drohende Hinrichtung eines Minderjährigen verhindern

Amnesty International today issued an urgent appeal to Yemen’s President to halt the execution of a child offender, which is scheduled to be carried out this Saturday. In addition to writing to President ‘Ali ‘Abdullah Saleh, the organization has also issued an Urgent Action on behalf of the now 19-year-old man. Hafez Ibrahim is facing Weiterlesen

Clock ticking on China’s Olympic pledge

As the one year countdown to the Beijing Olympics begins, time is running out for the Chinese government to fulfil its promise of improving human rights in the run-up to the Games. Amnesty International’s latest report finds that several Beijing-based activists continue to face ‘house arrest’ and tight police surveillance, while those in other parts Weiterlesen

Saudi-Arabien: Minderjähriger Straftäter enthauptet

Amnesty International is outraged at the recent beheading of a child offender in Saudi Arabia. According to press reports, the execution took place in the city of Taif on 21 July 2007. Dhahian Rakan al-Sibai’i was sentenced to death for a murder he allegedly committed when he was just 15 years old. He was held Weiterlesen

Ruanda schafft die Todesstrafe ab

Amnesty International today welcomed the promulgation of legislation by Rwanda to abolish the death penalty. Rwanda is the first country in the Great Lakes region to abolish the death penalty and strongly confirmed the worldwide trend to end capital punishment by becoming the 100th country to abolish the death penalty in law, with another 30 Weiterlesen

USA/Texas: Harris County – ein County, 100 Hinrichtungen

One of the cruellest anomalies of the modern system of capital punishment: Geography means everything (Houston Chronical) In 1969, “Houston” became the first word to be spoken by a human being on the moon, beginning astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous message back to earth. Four decades later, the City of Houston, or rather Harris County where both Weiterlesen

Iran/Minderjähriger: Hinrichtung Sina Paymard

UPDATE 18 July 2007: Amnesty has heard from Sina Paymard’s lawyer that he was not executed last night, but his family have 10 days to reach a financial settlement with the victim’s kin. If the money is not raised, then they are determined to have Sina executed. Further information will be posted here as soon as Weiterlesen