The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, refers to the practice by states of putting a person to death for committing certain crimes.
Dozens of countries still use executions as a punishment for certain offenses, although most, including those in the European Union, have abolished it completely. Many people consider the death penalty a violation of human rights. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on the death penalty.
The US has carried out its seventh federal execution since July, lethally injecting a Black inmate two decades after he killed a young Christian youth outreach couple. Lawyers claimed racist bias had swayed sentencing.
Factory worker Asif Pervaiz, who has been in custody since 2013, has been sentenced to death after sending "blasphemous" text messages to his supervisor. The Christian man will appeal the decision of a court in Lahore.