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Death Penalty in 2016

    The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state. This cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment is done in the name of justice. It violates the right to life as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender, or the method used by the state to kill the prisoner.

    Death Penalty Report 2016


    Death penalty 2016: World’s biggest executioner China must come clean about ‘grotesque’ level of campital punishment. 

    • 1,032 executions worldwide in 2016, down 37% from 2015 (1,634)      
    • Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan join China as world’s top five executioners
    • USA not among top five for first time since 2006, with lowest number of executions since 1991
    • China investigation discredits claims of openness
    • Viet Nam state killing spree revealed

    Despite the overall drop in the number of executions worldwide, the scale of 'secret' executions in countries like Malaysia, China and Vietnam is alarming and a cause for concern. 

    Interactive Map - 10 years of progress on abolishing the death penalty 

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