Friday, 10 October 2014

Death Penalty

In 2012 676 executions were known to have been carried out in 20 countries and 1.923 people were sentenced to dead. The actual number is much higher than that because some countries, such as China refuses to inform the rest of the world of their figures or how they use death penalty. According to Amnesty International there are probably thousands of executions in China every year.  On October 10 a lot of organizations are focusing on death penalty, or capital punishment. The emphasis in 2014 is on mental health issues related to capital punishment. 








Photo: Amnesty International
In the US 43 people were executed with death penalty in 2012. The US is the only G7 country that still execute human beings. The Middle East saw 557 executions in 6 countries.  In the picture above you can see these figures. In Iran, North Korea, Saudia Arabia and Somalia public executions were known to have taken place.

This scares me. In a time when everybody should help one another improve the society and solve the problems in the world, it is still legal to kill people in some countries! Below we can see the 10 countries with the highest amount of people executed and the figures from 2007-2012. 

ountry
Total executed, 2007-12
Total sentenced to death, 2007-12
CHINATHOUSANDSTHOUSANDS
KOREA (NORTH)1050
LIBYA390
SAUDI ARABIA42354
YEMEN152109
IRAN1,663156
VIETNAM58258
UNITED STATES220504
IRAQ2561,420
PAKISTAN1711,497

Some good news:

Latvia abolished abolished capital punishment in 2012 and Bolivia in 2013.There are now 98 countries in the world that do not kill human beings as a punishment. I hope the number will keep increasing.

Take care.

Annika



Sources:

Amnesty International