In 2019, was executed, at least 657 people in 20 countries. About it it is spoken in the report of the human rights organization Amnesty International, published on its website today.
For comparison, in 2018 the world was executed by 690 people.
So, in 2019, Saudi Arabia executed a record number of people – 184. This is the highest figure ever recorded in the country for one year. Most executions were related to drug-related crime and murder. However, human rights activists have documented greater use of the death penalty as a political weapon against dissidents in this Islamic country.
The report States that this number includes only the documented cases, the enforcement of capital punishment. In China, which is not included in the statistics because they do not give official data on executions, according to Amnesty International, were executed “thousands” of people.
In Iran were executed 251 people, of whom four reached adulthood. In Iraq, the number of executions per year has doubled.
“Executions are held in secret around the world. In countries from Belarus to Botswana and from Iran to Japan, executions were carried out without prior notice to families, lawyers or, in some cases, condemned themselves,” – said in the report.
The organization urged the authorities in all countries to renounce the use of the death penalty as punishment.
“The death penalty is abhorrent and inhuman punishment; and there is no credible evidence that it deters crime more than imprisonment. The vast majority of countries recognize it, and it is gratifying to see that the number of executions continues to fall around the world,” – said the Director of Amnesty International’s research, advocacy and policy Clare Algar.
106 countries in the world refused from the death penalty. Belarus remains the only country in Europe and throughout the former Soviet Union, where they still practice the death penalty.