The FDFA is working at three levels to achieve these objectives:
It is encouraging states to abolish the death penalty or at least take steps towards abolition. At the same time it wants to dissuade states from reintroducing capital punishment. It does this in bilateral meetings and by issuing recommendations when states undergo their Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Council. It also supports specific projects to raise awareness of the problem among the general public and decision-makers in individual countries, and to convince them of the importance of abolition.
- The FDFA is working to narrow the legal and political scope for capital punishment worldwide. The focus here is a series of resolutions initiated by Switzerland at the UN Human Rights Council. These draw attention to the human rights violations inherent in capital punishment and call on states to protect the rights of those affected.
- The FDFA is deepening cooperation with like-minded states, and lends particular support to civil society organisations and movements committed to the abolition of the death penalty.