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Executions the world over attain highest quantity since 2015

The variety of executions recorded worldwide final yr jumped to the very best degree since 2015, with a pointy rise in Iran and throughout the Center East, Amnesty Worldwide mentioned in a report launched Wednesday.

The human rights group mentioned it recorded a complete of 1,153 executions in 2023, a 30% improve from 2022. Amnesty mentioned the determine doesn’t embrace hundreds of loss of life sentences believed to have been carried out in China, the place knowledge is just not out there as a consequence of state secrecy.

The group mentioned the spike in recorded executions was primarily pushed by Iran, the place authorities executed at the least 853 individuals final yr, in comparison with 576 in 2022.

These executed included 24 ladies and 5 individuals who have been kids on the time the crimes have been dedicated, Amnesty mentioned, including that the follow disproportionately affected Iran’s Baluch minority.

“The Iranian authorities confirmed full disregard for human life and ramped up executions for drug-related offences, additional highlighting the discriminatory affect of the loss of life penalty on Iran’s most marginalized and impoverished communities,” Agnès Callamard, Amnesty’s secretary normal, mentioned in a press release.

The group mentioned China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and the USA have been the 5 international locations with the very best variety of executions in 2023. The full quantity cited in Amnesty’s annual report was the very best it recorded since 2015, when 1,634 individuals have been recognized to have been executed.

The US carried out 24 loss of life sentences final yr with solely China (1,000+ executions), Iran (853+), Saudi Arabia (172), and Somalia (38+) utilizing the loss of life penalty extra typically.

Callamard mentioned progress faltered within the US, the place executions rose from 18 to 24 and various states “demonstrated a chilling dedication to the loss of life penalty and a callous intent to take a position assets within the taking of human life.”

The report cited the introduction of payments to hold out executions by firing squad in Idaho and Tennessee, and Alabama’s use of nitrogen gasoline as a brand new, untested execution technique in January.

Amnesty mentioned that regardless of the setbacks, there was progress as a result of the variety of international locations that carried out executions dropped to 16, the bottom on document because the group started monitoring.

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