executions in the world:

In 2024


2000 to present



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


government: presidential republic
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: 28 October 1987; amended several times, last in 1987
legal system: mixed legal system combining European civil law, Anglo-American law, and Chinese classical thought; has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration
legislative system: unicameral National Assembly (Gukhoe)
judicial system: Supreme Court (consists of a chief justice and 13 justices); Constitutional Court (consists of a court head and 8 justices); High Courts; District Courts; Branch Courts (organized under the District Courts); specialized courts for family and administrative issues
religion: Protestant 19.7%, Buddhist 15.5%, Catholic 7.9%, none 56.9% (2015 est.)
death row: 59 (Korea Herald, 05/06/2023)
year of last executions: 0-12-1997
death sentences: 0
executions: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:



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