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The report examines critical developments on the death penalty for drug offences in law and practice worldwide, revealing one central and unsettling tension: the situation is at once improving and getting worse.
On the one hand, alongside important legal and policy changes, executions for drugs in many High Application States have been steadily declining since 2015. At the same time, political support for the abolition of the death penalty for drug offences has been gathering global momentum. On the other hand, however, these recent signs of progress are being eclipsed by the dramatic surge in extrajudicial executions for drugs in the Philippines, and the ripple effects this is having in the region and beyond.
Keywords: drugs, discrimination, legal, human rights