government: presidential republic
state of civil and political rights: Free
constitution: 12 July 1979, amended in 2003
legal system: English common law supplemented by customary law
legislative system: unicameral House of Parliament (Maneaba Ni Maungatabu)
judicial system: Court of Appeal; High Court; 26 Magistrates' courts; judges at all levels are appointed by the president
religion: 53% Catholic; 41% Protestant; Adventist, Baha'i, Church of God and Mormon minorities
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:
Convention on the Rights of the Child
There have been no executions since independence on July 12, 1979.
On December 18, 2007 Kiribati was absent during the vote on the Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty at the UN General Assembly.
On December 21st, 2010 Kiribati voted in favour of the Resolution on a Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty at the UN General Assembly. On December 20, 2012, Kiribati was absent during the vote.
On December 19, 2016 Kiribati voted in favour of the Resolution, as in 2014.