executions in the world:

In 2020


2000 to present



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


government: presidential limited democracy; a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China
state of civil and political rights: Partly free
constitution: Basic Law approved in March 1990 by China's National People's Congress is Hong Kong's "mini-constitution"
legal system: mixed legal system of common law based on the English model and Chinese customary law
legislative system: unicameral Legislative Council
judicial system: Court of Final Appeal
religion: Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian majorities
death row:
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
executions: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:

Hong Kong, a special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, has been abolitionist since 1993. Hong Kong has a different legal system to that of the rest of China. The last execution took place in 1966. However, many Hong Kong citizens have been sentenced to death or executed in China.


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