Interactive Map: Drug Offences and the Death Penalty

drugs and the death penalty

Of the 58 countries in the world that still have the death penalty in place, over half have made it applicable to people who have committed, for the most part, non-violent drug crimes.

Last year, at least seven countries carried out executions for people convicted of drug-related offences, ranging from international drug trafficking and manufacturing, to growing and simple possession.

In its 2012 report, Harm Reduction International estimated that out of the 33 countries that still impose the death penalty for drug-related offences, actual executions took place in 12-14 countries over the previous five years. In the past 12 years a number of countries have begun to abolish the death penalty for drug crimes, including Tajikistan and Jordan. The Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and the Philippines, meanwhile, have all made reforms and totally abolished the death penalty for all offences. 

Many of the countries included in the map below have not carried out executions for drugs crimes in a number of years, with the penalty more of a symbolic one. However, even a small number of countries maintaining this practice is completely unacceptable, and wholly disproportionate

To find out about country-specific laws and practice in recent years, simply click on the highlighted states below.

Selected Sources:

The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2012 - Harm Reduction International (2012)

Death Sentences and Executions 2013 - Amnesty International (2014)

When Justice Fails: Thousands Executed in Asia After Unfair Trials - Amnesty International (2011)

Death Penalty: Countries Abolitionist in Practice - Amnesty International (accessed November 25, 2014)