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The world saw the highest number of recorded executions in more than 25 years in 2015, according to a new report from human rights group Amnesty International.

In what the organization called an "alarming surge," at least 1,634 people were executed last year, an increase of more than 50% on 2014.
"The rise in executions last year is profoundly disturbing," said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General, in a statement. "Not for the last 25 years have so many people been put to death by states around the world."

According to the rights group's annual report the dramatic increase was fueled by three nations -- Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- who together were responsible for nearly 90% of executions in 2015. "It is disturbing how the countries still clinging to execution, such Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have all put people to death at unprecedented levels," Chiara Sangiorgio, Amnesty's death penalty expert, told CNN.

"Many governments' responses to evolving security threats is leading to the unraveling of human rights protections around the world."
Iran put 977 people to death in 2015, Amnesty says, over 200 more than in 2014, and mostly for "drug-related offences". The NGO claims that at least four of these individuals were under 18 at the time of their crime, making their executions a "flagrant breach of international law".
In response to the Pakistan Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar that massacred children in December 2014, Pakistan lifted a seven year moratorium on the death penalty to allow executions for terrorism-related offences.

"Pakistan has made no secret of the fact that they linked the resumption of executions to the Peshawar attacks," said Sangiorgio.
In March 2015, the government confirmed it was changing its policy and executions were resuming for all capital crimes. Pakistan executed 326 people in 2015, the highest number ever recorded by Amnesty in Pakistan. Saudi Arabia has long faced international criticism for both the manner and the methods of its judicial killings. In September 2015 a group of U.N. experts called for the Saudi monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to reconsider the high profile death sentence of Ali al-Nimr, nephew of firebrand Shiite Cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Al-Nimr was 17 at the time of his arrest for Arab Spring-inspired protests, and faced execution by beheading and crucifixion. His uncle was executed in January 2016.

But the dubious distinction of executing the most prisoners rests with China, according to Amnesty. It estimates that China is the world's top executioner. "Based on our own monitoring, we believe that thousands of executions continue to be carried out in China," Sangiorgio said to CNN. Researchers can't calculate the precise number because China considers this information a state secret. But Amnesty researchers said that it's likely the number of executions has "diminished" as a result of "ongoing reforms."

Amnesty said there were indications that the death penalty was declining in popularity in some countries. "2015 was a year of extremes," said Shetty. "We saw some very disquieting developments but also developments that give cause for hope." The U.S. carried out 28 executions, the lowest number since 1991. And despite the increase in executions, fewer people were sentenced to death -- particularly in Nigeria, which saw a 74% drop. Fiji, Madagascar, Republic of Congo and Suriname all abolished the death penalty in 2015 and the group says this means, for the first time, the majority of the world has banned execution as a form of punishment.

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http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/05/world/amnesty-2015-death-penalty-report/index.html?sr=twCNN040616amnesty-2015-death-penalty-report0607PMStoryLink&linkId=23130433

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..... Gawddang!
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surely other counties have executions other than the ones listed
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Sogno- wrote:

surely other counties have executions other than the ones listed


There'd be loads of non official executions in Africa, rebels and stuff you know.

Edit: Also there'd be heaps of executions in Syria since again rebels and stuff.
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Unfortunate.
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China's kicking some ass.
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zangetsushi wrote:
China's kicking some ass.
china.. allways goes big!
or was it america.. oh well big bang.

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China just needs a little population control... I'm guessing executions is the legal way to do it.
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Those numbers should be stated terms of executions/100,000 or a similar format.

The worlds population is much larger than it was 25 years ago. Raw numbers don't really display the information well.

Displaying raw numbers without context is only good for shock value.
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It's like Europe isn't even trying. They want to be overrun by terrorists.
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Damn, China!
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As Dariamus put it pure numbers are rarely the correct form of displaying data. Here I will do some math to show slightly more accurate data (With numbers I can find with google alone granted)

For those to lazy to read through my math here is the short version.
1991: 1,634+ Executions, 5.279 billion world population
2015: 1,634 Executions, 7.125 billion world population
Do some math and you get this:
1991: 1 Execution for every 3,230,722 People in the world
2015: 1 Execution for every 4,360,465 People in the world
Do some more math and I can confidently say (at least with the numbers I used) that in 2015 execution rates have decreased by 26% since 1991. As you can see these kinds of articles can't mean much if the numbers are skewed for a certain agenda.
Sources I used:

After putting all this quick disclaimer, I used population from 1990 not 1991. Amnesty themselves say the execution numbers were without China but their claims were also made on this basis. My math can be wrong do correct me if it is so, and the execution numbers from 1991 where inferred from the Amnesty articles statement I go over this in the actual math in the top spoiler, if you have better numbers tell me.
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I didn't see ISIS' executions... It probably numbers in the 10's of thousands....
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Dariamus wrote:

Those numbers should be stated terms of executions/100,000 or a similar format.

The worlds population is much larger than it was 25 years ago. Raw numbers don't really display the information well.

Displaying raw numbers without context is only good for shock value.


Pretty much this.
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