Pakistan

Executed, then acquitted: Fair trial concerns plague Pakistan

Pakistan has executed 496 since 2014. Rights groups say serious fair trial concerns risk innocent people being killed.

Executed, then acquitted: Fair trial concerns plague Pakistan

Asia

Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Government plans to abolish the death penalty for all crimes and halt the 1200 pending executions.

Malaysia to abolish death penalty

Death penalty

Nebraska carries out first US execution using opioid fentanyl

Three of the four substances used in Carey Dean Moore's execution had never been used in lethal injections in the state.

Nebraska carries out first US execution using opioid fentanyl

Death penalty

Vatican declares death penalty 'inadmissible'

Pope Francis has decreed that capital punishment constitutes an 'attack' on the dignity of human beings.

Vatican declares death penalty 'inadmissible'

United Kingdom

UK 'will not oppose' death penalty for suspected ISIL members

Human rights groups criticise British government for decision not to object in case the US seeks the death penalty.

UK 'will not oppose' death penalty for suspected ISIL members

Iran

Iran executes Sufi man over deadly Tehran bus-ramming

Death sentence widely criticised, with many saying that 51-year-old Mohammad Salas did not receive a fair trial.

Iran executes Sufi man over deadly Tehran bus-ramming

United States

Alabama executes Walter Moody, 83, oldest in modern US history

Moody's age reflects the aging of death row across the US, where almost 3,000 people are to be executed.

Alabama executes Walter Moody, 83, oldest in modern US history

Opinion

Fight to end death penalty: Sub-Saharan Africa a beacon of hope

Twenty countries across sub-Saharan Africa have now abolished the death penalty - the world should follow their lead.

Salil Shetty

by Salil Shetty

Salil Shetty

Death penalty

Amnesty: Almost 1,000 prisoners executed in 2017

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq record highest executions, as rights group reports global decline in the use of death penalty.

Indonesia

Indonesia: Aceh's plan to behead criminals condemned

Authorities in the conservative province say beheading would deter future killers from committing murders.

Amnesty blasts Aceh's plan to introduce beheading for murderers

Death penalty

Pakistan's angel of death

Sabir Masih has executed hundreds of men, continuing a family profession that dates back generations.

Pakistan's angel of death

US & Canada

Florida executes white man for race-motivated murders

Execution marks the first time in state history that Florida has put to death a white man for killing a black victim.

Florida executes murderer Mark Asay with new drug

Death penalty

Marcellus Williams: How Twitter 'helped save a life'

How social media came together to campaign against the execution of Marcellus Williams.

Social media and the case for Marcellus Williams

United States

Missouri inmate faces execution despite DNA evidence

Marcellus Williams is due to be executed on Tuesday despite new DNA evidence supporting his claim to innocence.

Marcellus Williams faces execution despite new evidence

United States

Marcellus Williams and the US' 'racist' justice system

Marcellus Williams is due to be executed on Tuesday but his supporters say his case exposes a racist system.

Marcellus Williams and the US' 'broken justice system'