Death penalty globally increased by 54% in 2015

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Human rights activists hold placards during a rally against death penalty, in Peshawar, Pakistan, 10 October 2015.

Death penalty globally increased by 54% in 2015


Amnesty International recorded a dramatic 54% increase in executions globally, compared to 2014. At least 1,634 people were executed last year, reaching the highest level reported since 1989.

In its annual report on death penalty, the organisation defending human rights stated that these executions took place in 25 countries, and 89% of them were carried out in just three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The United States comes up forth in the ranking.

These figures do not inclu...


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