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The death penalty in figures and facts

Disputes about whether you need the death penalty or not we’ve heard a lot. However, all the same, mankind has not come to a common opinion – whether the death penalty is a panacea for crime, or, on the contrary, generates an even greater surge of crime, aggression and cruelty.

According to Amnesty International (an organization that advocates adherence to international standards and draws attention to drawing attention to human rights violations), more than 1,000 people worldwide were executed in 2016

Although every year there has been a decline in the number of countries practicing the death penalty, experts have observed a trend towards an increase in the number of executions, as well as executions that are not included in official data (secret executions)

In 2015, there was a historical maximum (since 1989) in terms of the number of official executions – 1,634 executions in 25 countries

In 2107, the number of death sentences in the world dropped by almost 20%

A significant decrease in the number of executions is recorded in Africa

Also, following Guinea, in 2017, the death penalty was abolished by Mongolia. The total number of countries that abolished the death penalty today is 106

A significant reduction in the number of executions by 11%, and executions for drug-related offenses – by 40% (and the threshold of the minimum authorized party imported into the country) is fixed in Iran

At the same time, 15 countries have tightened their laws on drugs and their implementation. For example, the Middle East and North Africa recorded the highest number of executions for drugs

The most active state using the death penalty today is China and it is in it, according to many researchers of this issue, the largest number of secret executions that are not reflected in official statistics

China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Singapore also tightened their drug laws, although statistics on these countries are very vague because of the secrecy of the authorities

Today, the only “executioner” of Europe is Belarus, which has not demonstrated any intention towards abolishing the death penalty

The world’s most deadly executions against mentally ill people have been recorded in Japan, the Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore and the United States

The most open country with regard to information on death penalty is the United States – they publish lists of convicts awaiting execution, executed and offer convicts 5 ways to get out of life

Officially, in 31 states, where the death penalty has been permitted, a lethal injection has been accepted for execution, but electric stools, gas, shooting and hanging can be used at the request of the convicted person

By the way, an interesting fact – the world-famous ritual of the last supper, where the prisoner before execution is given everything he wants, still has limitations on the cost of the products, and is completely canceled in the state of Texas

In the US and Japan, convicts can expect the death penalty for decades. This is due to the fact that these countries can return the case for revision and fear a judicial error. Japan applies only hanging for the death penalty

Famous Chinese executions are gradually replaced with an injection – this, according to the authorities, is cheaper and more humane

Also in China until recently, during 5 years, a reality show was broadcast from the death row in which the convicts before the death penalty were interviewed about his feelings, feelings and pleas, for the edification of citizens

In Yemen, a country where it is also extremely difficult to count the death penalty to convicts, they cut off the head, and the body is hung up for public viewing

The biggest increase in the death penalty was registered in Egypt – 70%

In Saudi Arabia, a person sentenced to death can be redeemed. The family is given 3 months to raise funds. The sums from 100.00 dollars, up to 15 million. This is a very profitable business among judges and others involved in executions

In Iran, in order to replace the death penalty with a lifelong family of a convicted person, it is possible to pay compensation to the family of the victim (in case of murder)

To date, more than 20,000 people are waiting for the death penalty worldwide, many of whom are sentenced to 18 years of age

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