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The Ten Most Brutal Places in the World: Amnesty International Report Sees Spike in Global Executions

Health & Wellness  (tags: abuse, murder, execution, death, Islam, Middle East, ethics, society )

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Excluding China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia accounted for 80 per cent of all executions in 2013. "The killing sprees we saw in countries like Iran and Iraq were shameful," Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General, said in a statement.


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Gillian M (218)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 4:53 am
Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia accounted for 80 per cent of all public executions in 2013

China carries out more executions than any other country, a new report has estimated.

"Thousands" of people were executed in 2013, the Death Sentences and Executions 2013 report by Amnesty International concluded, followed by 369 in Iran and 169 in Iraq.

But Amnesty could not release the exact figure of public executions in China because data on the use of the death penalty there is considered a state secret.

The number of known executions around the world rose by almost 15 per cent in 2013, and the United States was among the five countries putting the most people to death, the report said.

It highlighted a “sharp spike” in the number of people executed in 2013 when compared to the previous year, with publicly disclosed executions last year totalling 778, compared with 682 in 2012.

Excluding China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia accounted for 80 per cent of all executions in 2013.

"The killing sprees we saw in countries like Iran and Iraq were shameful," Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General, said in a statement.

“Only a small number of countries carried out the vast majority of these senseless state-sponsored killings."

It listed the known methods of execution, including beheading in Saudi Arabia, electrocution in the US and lethal injection in China, Vietnam and the United States. Several countries were listed as using hanging and shooting.

Europe, however, remained execution free in 2013 for the first time since 2009, although Belarus - the only country to still enforce the death penalty - sentenced four people to death.

At least 23,000 people were on death row across the world as of the end of 2013. It also counted 1,925 people sentenced to death in 57 countries last year, up from the year before.

"We oppose the death penalty in all cases, without exception," Jose Luis Diaz, the group's representative at the United Nations, said on Wednesday. "It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment."


Tuesday April 1, 2014, 5:36 am
No surprise here. The countries concerned would of course not be ones sharing a common ideology now would they?

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 6:51 am
Thank you for the infos Gillian.

Beth S (330)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 7:23 am
One should notice that Israel is NOT on that list. When you get away from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation 57 state voting bloc at the UN, the largest voting bloc, you can see the truth about who is making the world so dangerous. Most of them are Islamic countries.

Gillian M (218)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 12:10 pm
The Islamic countries do not believe that they are doing anything wrong and most certainly do not want anyone scrutinising them!

. (0)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 3:26 pm
I opened this not knowing what I was going to read. I have a minor in Holocaust Studies. Like then, it is so hard to read figures pass over you. One really cannot comprehend.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 3:34 pm
noted ty

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 8:33 pm
A variety of countries on this list, including the U.S. Many nations have abolished capital punishment long ago.

Walter F (129)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 9:51 pm
. My country isn't on that list .It never could be ..I thank God I was born in the greatest country on earth. We have a secular state and a welfare system without equal .In every sense we are a true democracy.We must make sure we keep it that way.

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 10:07 pm
The West has remained above this sort of brutality and has sort to treat its citizens with dignity and allowing democracy to prevail. So what is it that makes those countries behave as they do? Satan reigns supreme and seem to have no intention of changing.

Betty Kelly (4)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 11:32 pm
Are innocents being executed or do these countries have so many "bad" people?

Lona G (66)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 5:34 am
China is number one (and the actual number may be much higher as executions are a state secret), the US is number five, Japan comes in at eight. A very mixed bunch indeed.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 10:59 am
It would be interesting to know what is really going on inside of North Korea as we only get very brief glimpses.

Helen Porter (39)
Thursday April 3, 2014, 10:36 pm
Our politicians have us sputtering cuss words as they spend our money to PARTY!!!

Maybe we should complain less and pray more.

At least our sons and daughters aren't hanging from the trees......yet.
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