Capital Punishment

Capital Punishment Around the World

Demystifying Capital Punishment in Kenya

If anything should happen presently to abolish capital punishment in Kenya, it should be guided by four premises; brutality, dignity, effectiveness and human rights.  Having attempted to update the reader with a brief overview of capital punishment – its diminished use around the world and summarized with its ineffectiveness, and combining the works of others – it’s opportune to refute the use of capital punishment as a means to deter serious crimes in society.  As alluded to above, its depersonalized and sterilized methods do not eliminate the brutality.  Secondly, as early as the 18th century, those against the death penalty have stressed the urgent importance of requiring governments to recognize the importance of each individual. In light of this, supporters of capital punishment should see the wrong with governments’ calculatingly killing terrible people who commit grave crimes, and be after the dire need to perimeter governmental power in this area.  Furthermore, majority of statistical comparisons regarding suicide and capital punishment show that the presence or absence of capital punishment does not comparably influence the rate of homicide.  Many a study refute the argument that the capital punishment deters crime. We considers the deterrence argument fully negated and does not suffice to the debate. Capital punishment is not merely an issue about human rights, rather it is establishing proper punishment of criminals. Lastly, capital punishment is not a watertight system in actual practice because imperfect human beings are involved in the procedure of finding the guilty party, and as such, they are vulnerable to errors.


Status and Dates of Last Execution

CountryLegal StatusDate of Last Execution
AfghanistanCapital punishment legal 
AlbaniaNo capital punishment 
AlgeriaCapital punishment legal1993
AndorraNo capital punishment1943
AngolaNo capital punishment1992
Antigua and BarbudaCapital punishment legal 
ArgentinaNo capital punishment1984
ArmeniaNo capital punishment 
AustraliaNo capital punishment1967
AustriaNo capital punishment1950
AzerbaijanNo capital punishment1993
The BahamasCapital punishment legal 
BahrainCapital punishment legal 
BangladeshCapital punishment legal 
BarbadosCapital punishment legal 
BelarusCapital punishment legal 
BelgiumNo capital punishment1950
BelizeCapital punishment legal 
BeninCapital punishment legal1987
BhutanNo capital punishment1964
BoliviaNo capital punishment1974
Bosnia and HerzegovinaNo capital punishment 
BotswanaCapital punishment legal 
BrazilNo capital punishment1855
BruneiCapital punishment legal1957
BulgariaNo capital punishment1989
Burkina FasoCapital punishment legal1988
BurundiCapital punishment legal 
CambodiaNo capital punishment1989
CameroonCapital punishment legal 
CanadaNo capital punishment1962
Cape VerdeNo capital punishment1835
Central African RepublicCapital punishment legal1981
ChadCapital punishment legal 
ChileNo capital punishment1985
ChinaCapital punishment legal 
ColombiaNo capital punishment1909
ComorosCapital punishment legal 
Congo, DemocraticCapital punishment legal 
Congo, RepublicCapital punishment legal1982
Cook IslandsNo capital punishment 
Costa RicaNo capital punishment1877
Côte d´IvoireNo capital punishment1990
CroatiaNo capital punishment 
CubaCapital punishment legal 
CyprusNo capital punishment1962
Czech RepublicNo capital punishment1990
DenmarkNo capital punishment1950
DjiboutiNo capital punishment 
DominicaCapital punishment legal 
Dominican RepublicNo capital punishment1966
EcuadorNo capital punishment1906
EgyptCapital punishment legal 
El SalvadorNo capital punishment1973
Equatorial GuineaCapital punishment legal 
EritreaCapital punishment legal 
EstoniaNo capital punishment1991
EthiopiaCapital punishment legal 
Fiji IslandsNo capital punishment1964
FinlandNo capital punishment1944
FranceNo capital punishment1977
GabonCapital punishment legal 
The GambiaCapital punishment legal1981
GeorgiaNo capital punishment1994
GermanyNo capital punishment1949
GhanaCapital punishment legal 
GreeceNo capital punishment1972
GrenadaCapital punishment legal1978
GuatemalaCapital punishment legal 
GuineaCapital punishment legal 
Guinea-BissauNo capital punishment1986
GuyanaCapital punishment legal 
HaitiNo capital punishment1972
HondurasNo capital punishment1940
HungaryNo capital punishment1988
IcelandNo capital punishment1830
IndiaCapital punishment legal 
IndonesiaCapital punishment legal 
IranCapital punishment legal 
IraqCapital punishment legal 
IrelandNo capital punishment1954
IsraelNo capital punishment1962
ItalyNo capital punishment1947
JamaicaCapital punishment legal 
JapanCapital punishment legal 
JordanCapital punishment legal 
KazakhstanCapital punishment legal 
KenyaCapital punishment legal 
KiribatiNo capital punishment 
KuwaitCapital punishment legal 
KyrgyzstanCapital punishment legal 
LaosCapital punishment legal 
LatviaNo capital punishment1996
LebanonCapital punishment legal 
LesothoCapital punishment legal 
LiberiaNo capital punishment 
LibyaCapital punishment legal 
LiechtensteinNo capital punishment1785
LithuaniaNo capital punishment1995
LuxembourgNo capital punishment1949
MacedoniaNo capital punishment 
MadagascarCapital punishment legal1958
MalawiCapital punishment legal 
MalaysiaCapital punishment legal 
MaldivesCapital punishment legal1952
MaliCapital punishment legal1980
MaltaNo capital punishment1943
Marshall IslandsNo capital punishment 
MauritaniaCapital punishment legal1987
MauritiusNo capital punishment1987
MexicoNo capital punishment1937
MicronesiaNo capital punishment 
MoldovaNo capital punishment1995
MonacoNo capital punishment1847
MongoliaCapital punishment legal 
MontenegroNo capital punishment 
MoroccoCapital punishment legal 
MozambiqueNo capital punishment1986
MyanmarCapital punishment legal 
NamibiaNo capital punishment1988
NauruCapital punishment legal 
NepalNo capital punishment1979
The NetherlandsNo capital punishment1952
New ZealandNo capital punishment1957
NicaraguaNo capital punishment1930
NigerCapital punishment legal1976
NigeriaCapital punishment legal 
NiueNo capital punishment 
North KoreaCapital punishment legal 
NorwayNo capital punishment1948
OmanCapital punishment legal 
PakistanCapital punishment legal 
PalauNo capital punishment 
PanamaNo capital punishment1903
Papua New GuineaCapital punishment legal1950
ParaguayNo capital punishment1928
PeruNo capital punishment1979
PhilippinesNo capital punishment1976
PolandNo capital punishment1988
PortugalNo capital punishment1849
QatarCapital punishment legal 
RomaniaNo capital punishment1989
Russian FederationCapital punishment legal1999
RwandaCapital punishment legal1982
Saint Kitts and Nevis, Federation ofCapital punishment legal 
Saint LuciaCapital punishment legal 
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesCapital punishment legal 
SamoaNo capital punishment 
San MarinoNo capital punishment1468
São Tomé and PríncipeNo capital punishment1990
Saudi ArabiaCapital punishment legal 
SenegalNo capital punishment1967
SerbiaNo capital punishment 
SeychellesNo capital punishment 
Sierra LeoneCapital punishment legal 
SingaporeCapital punishment legal 
SlovakiaNo capital punishment1990
SloveniaNo capital punishment1989
Solomon IslandsNo capital punishment1966
SomaliaCapital punishment legal 
South AfricaNo capital punishment1991
South KoreaCapital punishment legal 
SpainNo capital punishment1975
Sri LankaCapital punishment legal1976
SudanCapital punishment legal 
SurinameCapital punishment legal1982
SwazilandCapital punishment legal 
SwedenNo capital punishment1910
SwitzerlandNo capital punishment1944
SyriaCapital punishment legal 
TajikistanCapital punishment legal 
TanzaniaCapital punishment legal 
ThailandCapital punishment legal 
Timor-LesteNo capital punishment 
TogoCapital punishment legal 
TongaCapital punishment legal1982
Trinidad and TobagoCapital punishment legal 
TunisiaCapital punishment legal1991
TurkeyNo capital punishment1984
TurkmenistanNo capital punishment 
TuvaluNo capital punishment 
UgandaCapital punishment legal 
UkraineNo capital punishment 
United Arab EmiratesCapital punishment legal 
United KingdomNo capital punishment1964
United States of AmericaCapital punishment legal 
UruguayNo capital punishment1907
UzbekistanCapital punishment legal 
VanuatuNo capital punishment 
Vatican CityNo capital punishment 
VenezuelaNo capital punishment for any crimes1863
VietnamCapital punishment legal 
YemenCapital punishment legal 
ZambiaCapital punishment legal 
ZimbabweCapital punishment legal 

Table 1: Source – Amnesty International