Mapping Death Row
In October 2020, the DPRU began work with a network of human rights NGOs on a mapping project of Foreign Nationals at Risk of Capital Punishment in Asia and the Middle East, funded by the ESRC.
In collaboration with HURIDOCS (an NGO that helps human rights organisations gather, organise and present data for social good) they have developed an interactive database on foreign nationals at risk of the death penalty that records socio-demographic, jurisdictional and offence-related data as well as Country Reports, Thematic Reports, case studies and other resources on each retentionist country in these regions.
The database is made freely available by subscription to lawyers, activists, academics and relevant civil society organisations to enable them to better assist foreign nationals on death row through activism, advocacy or litigation. A free subscription can be requested here.
The Network involved in this work includes The Death Penalty Project, Eleos Justice, Harm Reduction International, Justice Project Pakistan, Project 39a, and ADPAN. The team is currently looking for further funding to ensure that this important work can be developed across the African continent and in the Caribbean. They also hope to expand the research to map other populations at risk of the death penalty in the future.
A new three-year project, funded by the ESRC on people on death row for drug offences started in 2022. The DPRU will also be developing an interactive database to map people on death row for drug offences across Asia and the Middle East in due course.