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: dictatorship, single-party state; official state ideology of “Juche” or “national self-reliance”
state of civil and political rights: Not free
constitution: adopted 1948; revised several times, last in 2019
legal system: civil law system based on the Prussian model; system influenced by Japanese traditions and Communist legal theory; has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration
legislative system: unicameral Supreme People's Assembly (Ch'oego Inmin Hoeui)
judicial system: Supreme Court or Central Court (consists of one judge and 2 "People's Assessors" or, for some cases, 3 judges); lower provincial courts as determined by the Supreme People's Assembly
religion: traditionally Buddhist and Confucian, some Christian and syncretic Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way); autonomous religious activities now almost nonexistent; government-sponsored religious groups exist to provide illusion of religious freedom
death row:
year of last executions: 0-0-0
death sentences: 0
executions: 0
international treaties on human rights and the death penalty:





Death penalty for non violent crimes



Asia, Middle East, Australia and Oceania