Monday, April 05, 2010


Amnesty International Releases Global Death Penalty Report for 2009

Amnesty International recently released its global death penalty report showing 700 people were executed in 18 countries in 2009 with at least 2,000 people sentenced to death. 179 countries had no executions in 2009. Countries with the highest number of executions were Iran with at least 388, Iraq with at least 120, Saudi Arabia with at least 69, and the United States with 52. China continues to execute more people than the rest of the world combined, but the data is kept secret.

For the first time, there were no reported executions in Europe, and no executions took place in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Mongolia for the first time in many years. Burundi and Togo abolished the death penalty in 2009.

The U.S. was the only country in the Americas to carry out an execution. What is wrong with this picture?

The United Nations General Assembly has called for a moratorium on all executions.

You can read the full report here.
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