Last year, Amnesty International reports that “At least 1,634 people were executed in 25 countries .”
The human rights watchdog noted that the figure “represents a stark increase on the number of executions recorded in 2014 of more than 50%; in 2014 Amnesty International recorded 1,061 executions in 22 countries worldwide.”
The figure for 2015 is remarkable as the highest number of recorded executions in 25 years since Amnesty International started keeping a tally in 1989.
N0w, where did the most blood flow? According to Amnesty “most executions took place in China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the USA – 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 figure of 1,634 excludes the thousands of executions believed to have been carried out in China.”
Take out China and the report says “89% of all executions took place in just three countries – Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.”
While Iran executes juvenile offenders, China remains the world’s top blood spiller with estimated figures running into the thousands. The problem is so bad that “Amnesty stopped publishing its estimated figures in 2009, challenging the Chinese government to reveal their own figures and demonstrate that they really are limiting their use of the death penalty – something they have claimed to be doing since the country’s highest court began reviewing all death penalty cases in 2007. China remained the world’s top executioner.”
Figures, image and quotes courtesy: Amnesty International