Human rights activists have noted a decline in the number of executions in the world

In 2016 the world was executed by 1,032 people, which is 37 percent less than in 2015. The data provided in the report of Amnesty International published on Tuesday, April 11.

According to human rights activists, the death penalty in 2016, applied in 23 countries, and 87 percent of executed sentences were for Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. However, the list did not get statistics for China, since most of the information relevant to the application of this penalty in China is a state secret.

For the first time since 2006, the US was not among the five leading countries in the number of executions. Over the 20 year time was given in pursuance of an exceptional sentence, but death row there is still 2 832.

The death penalty in the Russian Criminal code, but in 1996 it was a moratorium in connection with country’s accession to the Council of Europe. The last time, in 1994, were sentenced to death, Sergei Golovkin, who was killed in 1986-1992 years 11 boys. In 2009, Russia’s constitutional court has fixed the decision on the moratorium on the death penalty. The head of the Duma Committee on state construction and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov, in January 2017, said an article on the death penalty should be excluded from the Criminal code.

The only country in Europe where death penalty — Belarus. In 2016, there was issued a three sentence. In 1996, the question of its abolition was put to a national referendum, the results of which for the preservation of this form of punishment voted almost 80.5 percent of respondents.