Though more and more countries are abandoning this barbaric method of punishment, it is shocking to know that in 2015 a record number of people were killed by judicial executions throughout the World.
According to Amnesty International at least 1634 persons were killed by judiciary in 2015, a figure which excludes China. It is believed that China executes maximum number of people but no data is available publicly. The sharpest rise in execution was in Pakistan were a moratorium on death penalty was lifted last year following the Islamist terror attack in a school.
When we exclude China, almost 90% of the killings happened in just three countries, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, all with laws or constitution based on Islam. The fourth position is claimed regrettably by a western democracy, the USA, with 28 executions.
The good news is the number of countries which had abolished death penalty rose to three figures. Now 102 countries in the world has laws abolishing death penalty, a much better number compared to just 16 in 1977. Countries that abolished death penalty in 2015 are Suriname, Fiji, Madagascar and Republic of Congo.
Let us hope for more of such good news in coming years.
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