In the past year have been documented, according to Amnesty International, the world as few executions as recently ten years ago. The human rights organization listed in the annual report for 2018 to the death penalty, at least 690 executions in 20 States. In the previous year, there were 993 executions in 23 States.

However, there is a significant underreporting, especially in China, where in 2018, presumably several Thousand people executed were, says the report, which is available since Wednesday. Four countries were therefore for 78 percent of all documented executions responsible: Iran (at least 253), Saudi Arabia (149), Vietnam (at least 85) and Iraq (at least 52).

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Iran means leads the statistics in front of Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Iraq. In Iran, therefore, at least 253 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia 149, in Vietnam 85 and in Iraq 52. In total, the four countries account for 78 percent of the executions responsible. In Iran the number of executions decreased sightings in comparison to the previous year, the country will continue but its illegal practice, to condemn people and, even if they were at the time of the offence is a minor, said Amnesty. In the US, 25 people were executed. According to the statistics, at least 2531 death were like in the past year, judgments in 54 countries. Two-thirds of all States have abolished the Amnesty, according to the death penalty or not to impose them in practice.

In 142 countries, no more executions

“142 States no longer apply the death penalty today, in 1987, there were only 69 – that is there is a major development to a world without executions”, said Markus N. Beeko, Secretary General of Amnesty International in Germany. A significant increase in death sentences to more than 75 percent Amnesty in Egypt reported that of 402 in the year 2017, a minimum of 717. In Burkina Faso, the death penalty was abolished in the past year, according to the figures. The Gambia and Malaysia have adopted a Moratorium and refused sightings until further notice on executions.

The overall significant decrease in the executions have Essentially two causes: “first of all, some of the countries, which are always there for the Bulk of the executions, such as Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Somalia have driven the application of the death penalty,” notes the organization. “On the other hand, the number of countries which have been known decreased that you have carried out executions.”

abolition of the death penalty: the Trend was reverse

There had been in the fight against the death penalty is also some backward steps, the organization. In the majority of the countries that condemn people to death or executed, will not receive the death penalty according to processes that comply with the international standards for a fair trial. In some cases, based on judgments even on statements that may have been extorted by torture or ill-treatment in Egypt, Bahrain, China, Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Still applicable: “The Trend towards abolition of the death penalty is no longer to reverse. Every year the circle of those States without the death penalty.”

Markus N. Beeko, said: “The death penalty is cruel, inhumane, violates the right to life and against the spirit of the universal Declaration of human rights.” Two-thirds of States worldwide have abolished the death penalty or are no longer imposed. The decline in executions was sightings “an important development towards a world without executions.”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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