Use of the death penalty declined by 37 percent around the world in 2016 but China remains secretive about its executions, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.
The London-based activist organization reported 1,032 recorded executions in 2016, excluding those in China, in its annual report of global use of capital punishment. The figure is down from 1,634 recorded executions reported in 2015.
The report said Chinese authorities “continue to execute thousands of people each year,” and “enforce an elaborate secrecy system to obscure the shocking scale of executions in the country.”
“China wants to be a leader on the world stage, but when it comes to the death penalty it is leading in the worst possible way, executing more people annually than any other country in the world,” Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty said in the report.
The countries leading the world in executions are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan, although the global decline in 2016 was driven largely by decreases in Iran and Pakistan. The United States dropped off Amnesty International’s list of countries with the five highest numbers of executions; there were 20 U.S. executions in 2016, confined to five states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Missouri and Texas.
The report said 23 countries conducted executions in 2016. Benin and Nauru joined 101 other countries in 2016 in abolishing the death penalty.
UK health minister Javid urges people not to ‘cower from’ virus, sparks fury
Afghan forces capture Taliban fighters for Eid rocket attack in Kabul
Volunteer collapses from heat at Tokyo Olympics
Tokyo reports 1,763 cases of COVID-19 on third day of Olympic Games
Indonesia prepares more ICU units after logging record-high COVID-19 deaths
Health7 days ago
UAE reports 97 pct recovery in COVID-19 Sotrovimab clinical trial
Asia7 days ago
South Africa Olympic football team report three COVID-19 infections
Science5 days ago
Bezos riding own rocket on Blue Origin’s 1st flight with people on board
Other6 days ago
Collin Morikawa makes history with Open win after dramatic final round
Health7 days ago
Experts are bracing for a spike in STDs, but not just because it’s ‘hot vax summer’
Asia6 days ago
S.Korea military suffers worst COVID-19 outbreak aboard anti-piracy ship
South America5 days ago
Leftist rural teacher Pedro Castillo declared president-elect in Peru
Asia5 days ago
India’s COVID-19 excess deaths surpass four million: research