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: mixed presidential-parliamentary system in free association with the US
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: 1 May 1979; amended several times, last in 2018
legal system: mixed legal system of US and English common law, customary law, and local statutes; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations
legislative system: unicameral National Parliament consists of Nitijela; the Council of Iroij, a 12-member group of tribal leaders, advises the Presidential Cabinet and reviews legislation affecting customary law or any traditional practice
judicial system: Supreme Court (consists of the chief justice and 2 associate justices); High Court; District Courts; Traditional Rights Court; Community Courts
religion: Protestant 80.5% (United Church of Christ 47%, Assembly of God 16.2%, Bukot Nan Jesus 5.4%, Full Gospel 3.3%, Reformed Congressional Church 3%, Salvation Army 1.9%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.4%, Meram in Jesus 1.2%, other Protestant 1.1%), Roman Catholic 8.5%, Church of Jesus Christ 7%, Jehovah's Witness 1.7%, other 1.2%, none 1.1% (2011 est.)
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