Death Penalty in 2016: Facts and Figures
"At least 1,032 people were executed in 23 countries
in 2016. In 2015 Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25
countries worldwide - a historical spike unmatched since 1989.
Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan – in that order.
China remained the world’s top executioner – but the
true extent of the use of the death penalty in China is unknown as this
data is considered a state secret; the global figure of at least 1,032
excludes the thousands of executions believed to have been carried out
Excluding China, 87% of all executions took place in just four countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan.
For the first time since 2006, the USA was not one
of the five biggest executioners, falling to seventh behind Egypt. The
20 executions in the USA was the lowest in the country since 1991."
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