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:

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Convention on the Rights of the Child

Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment








Asia, Middle East, Australia and Oceania