Death penalty In a time when hope can seem thin on the ground, we welcome the latest findings that there has been an overall worldwide drop in the use of the death penalty.
The Death Penalty in Facts and Figures 12 April During23 countries are known to have carried out executions — the same Death penalty report Executions doubled or almost doubled in Palestine State of from 3 in to 6 in ; Singapore from 4 to 8; and Somalia from 14 to Intwo countries — Guinea and Mongolia — abolished the death penalty in law for all crimes.
Guatemala became abolitionist for ordinary crimes only. Gambia signed an international treaty committing the country not to carry out executions and to move to abolish the death penalty in law. Amnesty International recorded commutations or pardons of death sentences in 21 countries: Fifty-five exonerations of prisoners under sentence of death were recorded in six countries: Amnesty International recorded at least 2, death sentences in 53 countries ina significant decrease from the record-high of 3, recorded in At least 21, people were known to be on death row at the end of The following methods of execution were used across the world in Public executions were carried out in Iran at least Reports from indicated that at least five people were executed in Iran who were under 18 at the time of the crime for which they were sentenced to death.
In many countries where people were sentenced to death or executed, the proceedings did not meet international fair trial standards. Regional analysis Americas For the 9th consecutive year, the USA remained the only country to carry out executions in the region.
For the second year in a row, and the second time sincethe USA did not feature among the top five global executioners, with its position in the global ranking dropping from 7th to 8th.
The number of US states carrying out executions increased from five in to eight, with Arkansas, Ohio and Virginia resuming executions after a hiatus. Four states — Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri and Nebraska — as well as US federal courts, imposed death sentences inafter a hiatus, bringing the number of US states imposing death sentences to 15 2 more than in Kansas, North Carolina and Oregon, which imposed death sentences indid not do so in Guatemala became the nd country to have abolished the death penalty in law or practice.
Asia-Pacific At least 93 executions in nine countries were known to have been carried out throughout the region in — down from at least in 11 countries in These figures do not include the thousands of executions that Amnesty International believed were carried out in China.
Singapore doubled its number of executions from 4 to 8 compared to All its executions were for drug-related offences. At least 1, new death sentences were imposed, a slight decrease from This number is down to a variation in figures for a number of countries, and because of information provided to Amnesty International by authorities.
Figures for death sentences in India, Indonesia Pakistan and Thailand, among other countries, were lower compared to Increases were recorded in countries including Bangladesh from at least to at leastSingapore from at least 7 to 15 and Sri Lanka from at least 79 to Eighteen countries across the region were known to have imposed death sentences, the same number as in Brunei Darussalam imposed a new death sentence after it did not impose any in ; Papua New Guinea did not impose any death sentences inafter it did so in the previous year.
The country carried out at least two executions in ; at least four new death sentences were imposed. One man remained under sentence of death in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Tajikistan continued to observe moratoriums on executions. Middle East and North Africa There was a small reduction in the use of the death penalty in Amnesty International confirmed that at least death sentences were imposed in the region ina reduction on the death sentences recorded in Egypt imposed at least death sentences, the most in the region.
Sub-Saharan Africa Positive steps were taken across Sub-Saharan Africa, with a reduction in the number of executing countries recorded. Two countries Somalia and South Sudan recorded executions incompared to five countries recorded in Twenty-eight executions were carried out, 24 in Somalia and four in South Sudan, a slight increase compared to at least 22 recorded in Death sentences decreased, from at least 1, in to at least in Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences and had the highest number of people under death sentence in the region at the end of the year.Today, we released a new report offering an in-depth look at how the death penalty is operating in the small handful of counties across the country that are still using it.
The report said one of its subcommittees recommended the state adopt a version of "guilty but mentally ill" for the death penalty, so that severely mentally ill murderers are punished the same way. CCJJ death penalty report - Free download as PDF File .pdf) or read online for free.
A working group with the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice has been studying the state's death penalty system for more than a year. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
Amnesty opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception - regardless of who is accused, the nature or circumstances of the crime, guilt or innocence or method of execution.
Death penalty report recommends policy changes in handling of capital cases Updated June 25, at PM ; Posted June 25, at PM The Joint State Government Commission report on capital punishment in Pennsylvania released on Monday recommends a series of policy changes.
Of the 31 states with a death penalty, 10 haven’t exercised it in at least a decade.