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April 10, 2017

Amnesty International releases report on global death sentences and executions in 2016

Amnesty International has released this new report on the worldwide use of the death penalty in 2016. This AI webpage provides a kind of summary of some of the full report's most salient facts and figures.  Here are some of those numbers:

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 in China.  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.

During 2016, 23 countries, about one in eight of all countries worldwide, are known to have carried out executions. This number has decreased significantly from twenty years ago (40 countries carried out executions in 1997). Belarus, Botswana, Nigeria and authorities within the State of Palestine resumed executions in 2016; Chad, India, Jordan, Oman and United Arab Emirates — all countries that executed people in 2015 — did not report any executions last year.

141 countries worldwide, more than two-thirds, are abolitionist in law or practice.

In 2016, two countries — Benin and Nauru — abolished the death penalty in law for all crimes.  In total, 104 countries have done so — a majority of the world’s states.  Only 64 countries were fully abolitionist in 1997.

Commutations or pardons of death sentences were recorded in 28 countries in 2016.  At least 60 people who had been sentenced to death were exonerated in 9 countries in 2016: Bangladesh (4), China (5), Ghana (1), Kuwait (5), Mauritania (1), Nigeria (32), Sudan (9), Taiwan (1) and Viet Nam (2).

Amnesty International recorded 3,117 death sentences in 55 countries in 2016, a significant increase on the total for 2015 (1,998 sentences in 61 countries).  Significant increases were recorded in 12 countries, but for some, such as Thailand, the increase is due to the fact that the authorities provided Amnesty International with detailed information.

At least 18,848 people were on death row at the end of 2016.  The following methods of execution were used across the world: beheading, hanging, lethal injection and shooting.  Public executions were carried out in Iran (at least 33) and North Korea.

April 10, 2017 at 09:41 PM | Permalink


Let's boohoo about 1000 criminals executed around the world, in 2016.

Let's ignore the million innocent murder victims dispatched by the clients of these lawyers, many tortured for a long time, before being killed.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 11, 2017 1:43:21 AM

Mr. Behar, I agree with you. I am terribly upset that "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." This is outrageous! As our dear leader says, we should be number 1 in everything including executions. I will join forces with you to ensure that this humiliation is overcome. I will contact Madam DeFarge as well.

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 11, 2017 11:41:17 AM

I agree with Sarah. What has happened to us? We used to be a great nation, executing people at a much greater rate. While we could never compete with China, at least we were up there with Iran and Pakistan. Now look at us. We are even behind Egypt. I never thought I would see this day come. President Trump and Mr. Behar will turn things around! We will be number 1 some day. Keep those injections going.

Posted by: David from Illinois | Apr 11, 2017 11:43:59 AM

Sarah. Try to keep up. I am now opposed to the death penalty in the United States. And, I am not being sarcastic.

My reasoning is reviewed here, briefly, in plain English.


Posted by: David Behar | Apr 11, 2017 1:49:12 PM

The absolute brilliance exhibited regularly on this blog is amazing. Enjoy, DAB.

Posted by: anon | Apr 11, 2017 4:48:56 PM

Anon. Thank you.

Although I had some legal training, I did so when old. My high school education was preserved. It was not destroyed by the sicko, cult indoctrination into supernatural, idiotic doctrines I encountered. Yours was, and you are not even aware of what was done to your mind. The ordinary academic high school stuff seems brilliant in comparison to the propaganda by the lawyer profession, the stupidest group of people in our country. The lawyer profession is stupider than students in Life Skills class, learning to eat with a spoon. I have demanded that such students be nominated to the Supreme Court for an immediate upgrade in the intelligence of the decisions and in an immediate upgrade in the clarity of the writing.

I was so moved by the stupidity of the lawyer profession, that I pledged the short time left to help it climb out of the foul smelling swamp in which it is swimming. Anon, your profession is in failure in its every self stated goal, save one, the gathering of the $trillion in rent. You take our $trillion, and return nothing of value. Absolutely nothing.

I am going to pull your profession up, hose it down, and have it join the air and land creatures above.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 11, 2017 5:06:50 PM

Mr. Behar, take your meds! Please today is Monday. It's the pill in the blue bottle, not the red. Try to remember.

Posted by: David from Illinois | Apr 11, 2017 5:58:55 PM

David. You are in denial. The lawyer profession is in failure. One time, it saved itself from the wrath of the crime weary public by coming up with mandatory sentencing guidelines. These controlled out of control totally pro-criminal, criminal coddling judges. As a result, crime immediately dropped 40% across the board. That saved thousands of Black Lives that mattered over two decades.

The result was massive lawyer unemployment. Law grads are Ubering to pay the bills. So, conservative extremist, Scalia, led the charge against them. You see, nothing comes before the seeking of the rent, not even thousands of black lives. And now, murders are increasing at an alarming pace. This is in the face of declining lead blood levels. A 3% decarceration has resulted in a 15% increase in murders in 20 big cities.

David, you are in denial. Do you know why? Because you are mentally crippled, rent crazed lawyer. You are a criminal cult member. Unfortunately, one must take possession of the physical body before conducting the deprogramming of a cult indoctrination victim. Sometimes, one has to slap the body around a little. That remedy will be coming to your profession. Do not worry about Trump. He is weak. Worry about the guy after Trump.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 12, 2017 1:13:40 AM

Civilized world lives well and safely without capital punishment and the peril to kill an innocent person.
Il resto son cazzate.

Posted by: Claudio Giusti | Apr 14, 2017 3:43:48 PM

Claudio. Did you see the first scene of the Godfather?

Italian friends explained it to me. The legal system of Italy is so bad, slow, and corrupt, people must go to the Mafia to settle legal disputes. It is this superior legal system of Italy, the Mafia, that has to carry out all of Italy's properly litigated executions. Why the Mafia of Italy is killing even lawyers and judges. Trump should consider fast tracking their immigration to the USA, so they can take care of our "problems."

Please, stop misleading the uninformed readers of this blog. Stop lying. Italy has a very busy death penalty.

Posted by: David Behar | Apr 16, 2017 12:04:58 AM

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