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Top 10 Countries With The Most Executions Per Year

Every year, all over the world, thousands of people are put to death after being convicted of various crimes. The death penalty is a divisive subject. There are many people who feel it is a necessary

Every year, all over the world, thousands of people are put to death after being convicted of various crimes. The death penalty is a divisive subject. There are many people who feel it is a necessary act. To them, by putting an individual to death it serves as retribution, provides closure, removes a dangerous criminal from society and/or sets an example and warning to others who might commit similar crimes. Those opposed argue that the death penalty is inhumane, morally wrong, is more about revenge than retribution and ultimately serves no real deterrent to others who might commit a similar act. Those opposed to the death penalty and subsequent executions point to the fact that countries who put murderers, terrorists and drug traffickers to death continue to face these crimes even after carrying out dozens or hundreds of executions.

Executing those handed a death sentence is nothing new. Since the beginning of recorded history, there have been numerous examples of death sentences and executions across a range of societies and tribes. Executions became a method of punishing crime and suppressing dissent among the population. Executions could and often were carried out in a number of ways depending on culture, laws and beliefs. Some, but not all, ancient methods included boiling and burning alive, flaying, quartering, disembowelment, crucifixion, crushing, and stoning. More recently, those countries which continue to use the death penalty have settled on a few standard forms of execution which include hanging, lethal injection and firing squad.

The following looks at the 10 countries around the world which commit the most executions. Figures are for 2014 and mainly based on those provided by Amnesty International, an organization which tracks law and human rights issues, including executions. As you’ll see, in the majority of examples, precise figures are often impossible to come by. This is usually because the state keeps the executions secret or upheaval and instability make tracking the figures very difficult. In these instances only those confirmed or the most conservative of figures have been used. Just keep in mind that the ‘+’ means the figure of those executed is likely far higher.

11 Honorable (Dishonorable) Mention: North Korea - ?

Via reddit.com

10 Jordan – 11 Executions Per Year

Via huffingtonpost.com

9 Somalia – 14+ Executions Per Year

Via 3news.co.nz

8 Egypt – 15+ Executions Per Year

Via america.aljazeera.com

7 T-6. Sudan – 23+ Executions Per Year

Via topics.time.com

6 T-6. Yemen – 23+ Executions Per Year

Via centerforsecuritypolicy.org

5 USA – 35 Executions Per Year

Via theguardian.com

4 Iraq – 61+ Executions Per Year

Via ktla.com

3 Saudi Arabia – 90+ Executions Per Year

Via deathpenaltynews.blogspot.com

2 Iran – 289+ Executions per Year

Via europe.newsweek.com

1 China – 1000+ Executions Per Year

Via northcountrypublicradio.org

When you have a country of well over one billion people and still enforce the death penalty, you’d expect a high number of executions. That said, China maintains tight control over figures related to executions so precise figures are impossible to go by. Organizations, such as Amnesty International, work to piece together what information they can. The result is a very conservative estimate that China executed at least 1000 of its citizens last year. This figure is likely far higher given the extensive range of crimes punishable by death. From the low ranking criminal to the millionaire linked with organized crime to the factory owner who produces a faulty or dangerous product, China has demonstrated that it has limited tolerance for those who break the country’s laws.

Sources: america.aljizeera.com, amnestyusa.org, amnesty.org, washingtonpost.com, bbc.com

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