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China remains world's top executioner: Amnesty

IANS  |  London 

has remained the worlds top amid a decline in global executions, International's annual report on said on Thursday.

International recorded at least 993 executions in 23 countries in 2017, down by 4 per cent from 2016 (1,032 executions) and 39 per cent from 2015 when the London-based organisation reported 1,634 executions, the highest number since 1989.

Besides China, 84 per cent of all reported executions took place in just four countries -- Iran, Saudi Arabia, and

Bahrain, Jordan, and the (UAE) resumed executions in 2017, the report said.

Executions noticeably fell in (by 50 per cent) and (20 per cent). However, it increased in Palestine from three in 2016 to six in 2017; in from four to eight; and in from 14 to 24.

In 2017, and abolished the death penalty in for all crimes.

While Kenya abolished the mandatory death penalty for murder, and also took steps to repeal this punishment with new or proposed laws.

"The progress in reinforced its position as a beacon of hope for abolition... It is high time that the rest of the world follows their lead and consigns this abhorrent punishment to the history books," said Amnesty's

The report also showed International recorded commutations or pardons of death sentences in 21 countries including India, Sri Lanka, and the US.

The organisation recorded at least 2,591 death sentences in 53 countries in 2017, a significant decrease from the record-high of 3,117 recorded in 2016. At least 21,919 people were known to be on death row at the end of 2017.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 14:06 IST