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Friday, April 21, 2006

Death Penalty: 20,000 on death row across the world

Amnesty International today revealed that over 20,000 people on death row across the world are waiting to be killed by their own governments.

In its latest annual analysis on the use of the death penalty worldwide, Amnesty International also disclosed that at least 2,148 people were executed during 2005 in 22 countries -- 94 percent in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA alone. 5,186 people were sentenced to death in 53 countries during 2005.
 
Background information
Amnesty International's death penalty statistics cover the period between January and December 2005.

Data available to Amnesty International pointed to around 1,770 executions reported as being carried out in China during 2005. However, the real figure is undoubtedly much higher. A Chinese legal expert was recently quoted as stating the true figure for executions at approximately 8,000.
 
Amnesty international's The Death Penalty in 2005 will show you how many people were executed across the world. China tops(1770+ executions & 39000+ Death sentenses) the list and Belarus is last one with one execution.
 
In 2005
  • at least 2,148 people were executed in 22 countries
  • 94% of them were killed in China,, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the USA
  • An additional 5,186 people were sentenced to death
 
"As the world continues to turn away from the use of the death penalty, it is a glaring anomaly that China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the USA stand out for their extreme use of this form of punishment as the 'top' executioners in the world." - Irene Khan, AI Secretary General.

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