Drugs and Human Rights

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences

34 countries retain the death penalty for drugs, even though it is a violation of international law. Drug offences do not meet the threshold of ‘most serious’ crimes to which the death penalty can be applied.

We monitor the death penalty worldwide to expose these rights violations and advocate for people facing the death penalty for drug offences, their families and communities.



with the death penalty for drug offences in their laws



for drug offences in the past 10 years



people currently on death row for drugs globally

Flagship Research

Since 2007, we have tracked use of the death penalty for drug offences worldwide, a practice that violates international standards.

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