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:

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