Amnesty International has documented a reduction in cases of the death penalty in the world
International human rights organization Amnesty International published a report “death sentences and executions”, citing world statistics, the use of the death penalty in 2016. According to the study, the number of executed death sentences declined in 2016 to 37%.
The report States that last year in 23 countries executed 1,032 people in 2015 — 1634 (the highest in 25 years). All was rendered 3117 executions in 55 countries. Most of all, such punishment was applied by Iran (567 cases), Saudi Arabia (154 cases), Iraq (88 cases) and Pakistan (87 cases). The share of these States together account for 87% of executions.
According to human rights activists, the number of death sentences has increased: in the 205 year 1998, there were, in 2016 — already 3117.
Amnesty International notes that the now abolished the death penalty in 141 countries. In States which apply this kind of punishment, most commonly used lethal injection, firing squad, beheading and hanging.
According to the February survey, “Levada-center”, so that the death penalty is necessary “to restore the former size,” agrees 32% of Russians, although 15 years ago was 49%.
Supporters of complete abolition of capital punishment is still significantly less, although since 2002 their share rose from 12% to 16%.