We are prepared to work wherever the death penalty is imposed – we will never turn a case down.

For more than twenty years we have worked to promote and protect the human rights of those facing the death penalty. Our main objectives are:

  • To provide free and effective legal representation and assistance to those individuals who are facing the death penalty;
  • To promote the restriction of the death penalty in line with international minimum legal requirements;
  • To uphold and develop human rights standards and the criminal law; and
  • To promote increased awareness and greater dialogue with key stakeholders on the death penalty.

Although we operate in all jurisdictions where the death penalty remains an enforceable punishment, our actions are concentrated in those countries which retain the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London as their final court of appeal and in other Commonwealth countries, principally in the Caribbean, Africa and South East Asia.

The five-year report outlines the work of the DPP since it was granted charitable status in 2006.

Watch a short video about the DPP: a snapshot of the organisation and our work


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