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The Death Penalty for Drug Offences

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2021

We have monitored use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide since 2007. We provide regular updates on legislative and practical developments related to the use of capital punishment for drug offences. Numerous international authorities and legal scholars have reaffirmed the illegality of using the death penalty for drug offences. Yet at least 35 countries and territories retain the punishment in law.

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latest findings

35

countries still retain the death penalty for drug offences

131

people executed for drug offences in 2021

237

death sentences for drugs given in 2021

3000+

people are currently on death row for drug offences worldwide

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