The death penalty violates the most fundamental human right – the right to life. It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment The death penalty is discriminatory. It is often used against the most vulnerable in society, including the poor, minorities, and people with mental disabilities. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Amnesty opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception – regardless of who is accused, the nature or circumstances of the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution.