executions in the world:

In 2021


2000 to present



  • Abolitionist
  • retentionist
  • De facto abolitionist
  • Moratorium on executions
  • Abolitionist for ordinary crimes
  • Committed to abolishing the death penalty


government: Communist state one-man dictatorship
state of civil and political rights: Not free
constitution: adopted 1948; revised several times most recently in 2009
legal system: based on German and Japanese systems, and draws on communist legal theory
legislative system: unicameral Supreme People's Assembly (Ch'oego Inmin Hoeui)
judicial system: Central Court, judges are elected by the Supreme People's Assembly
religion: Buddhist and Confucian majorities; Christian and other minorities
death row:
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
executions: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:



Asia, Middle East, Australia and Oceania