Executions in 2013: min. 778 plus 'thousands' in China

Capital Punishment worldwide

World-wide,  people are still being hanged, shot or gased to death, poisoned by lethal injection, stoned to death, decapitated or executed by other means.

 In the year 2012 at least 682 human beings plus ‘thousands of people’ in China, according to numbers of Amnesty International, were executed. And the figure for sentenced to death was at least 1722 people again plus ‘thousands’ in China. Amnesty International does not give any numbers concerning China since the country still treats the death penalty as a state secret and there are no official numbers concerning executions and death sentences.

And countries are still very creative when it comes to offenses punishable by death: These reach from murder, rape, kidnapping, treason, … to things like apostasy, adultery (which in some countries includes getting raped!) or being homosexual. 

China was followed by the countries Iran (at least 314 executions), Iraq (at least 129), Saudi-Arabia (at least 79), USA (43), Yemen (at least 28), Sudan (at least 19), Afghanistan (14), Gambia (9), Japan (7), North Corea and Somalia (each at least 6), Palestinian Territories and Taiwan (each 6), etc. ....

The only European country still using capital punishment is Belarus. Since 1991, the year of the accession of power of the current gouvernment, assumingly 400 people were executed in this nation. In 2009 Belarus did not carry out any executions, therefore all of Europe was free of executions in this year. Nevertheless already in March 2010 two people were executed in Belarus.

Today some 140 nations worldwide have abolished the death penalty or at least have not carried out any execution in the past 10 years.  But unfortunately there are still 58 countries and territories which keep capital punishment in their law and carried out executions in the past 10 years. 

In the following we want to give you a short overview over some of the countries which had most executions in the recent years.

Countries without the death penalty

  Country Year abolished (Year abolished in for regular crimes) Remarks
1 Albania 2007 (2000)  
2 Andorra 1990  
3 Angola 1992  
4 Argentina 2008 (1984)  
5 Armenia 2003  
6 Australia 1985 (1984)  
7 Austria 1968 (1950)  
8 Azerbaijan 1998  
9 Belgium 1996  
10 Bhutan 2004  
11 Bolivia 1997 Death penalty still in military law
12 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001 (1997)  
13 Brazil 1979 Death penalty still in military law
14 Bulgaria 1998  
15 Burundi 2009  
16 Cambodia 1989  
17 Canada 1998 (1976)  
18 Cap Verde 1981  
19 Chile 2001 Death penalty still in military law
20 Colombia 1910  
21 Cook Islands 2007  
22 Costa Rica 1877  
23 Côte d'Ivoire 2000  
24 Criatia 1990  
25 Cyprus 2002 (1983)  
26 Czechia 1990  
27 Denmark 1978 (1933)  
28 Djibouti 1995  
29 Dominican Republic 1966  
30 Ecuador 1906  
31 El Salvador 1983 Death penalty still in military law
32 Estonia 1998  
33 Fiji 1979 Death penalty still in military law
34 Finland 1972 (1949)  
35 France 1981  
36 Gabun 2010  
37 Georgia 1997  
38 Germany 1949 The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) abolished the death penalty with entry into force of its constitution in the year 1949. The German Democratic Republic abolished the death penalty in 1987. With the German reunification the consitution of the FRG became the mutual constitution.
39 Great Britain 198 (1973)  
40 Greece 2004 (1993)  
41 Guinea-Bissau 1993  
42 Haiti 1987  
43 Honduras 1956  
44 Hungary 1990  
45 Iceland 1928  
46 Ireland 1990  
47 Israel 1954 Death penalty still in military law
48 Italy 1994 (1947)  
49 Kazakhstan 2007 Death penalty still in military law
50 Kiribati 1979  
51 Kyrgyzstan 2007 Death penalty still in military law
52 Latvia 1999 Death penalty still in military law
53 Lichtenstein 1987  
54 Lithuania 1998  
55 Luxembourg 1979  
56 Macedonia 1991  
57 Malta 2000 (1971)  
58 Marshall Islands 1986  
59 Mauritius 1995  
60 Mexico 2005 (1976)  
61 Micronesia 1986  
62 Moldova 1995  
63 Monaco 1962  
64 Montenegro 2002  
65 Mozambique 1990  
66 Namibia 1990  
67 Nepal 1997 (1990)  
68 Netherlands 1982 (1870)  
69 New Zealand 1989 (1961)  
70 Nicaragua 1979  
71 Niue 2004  
72 Norway 1979 (1905)  
73 Palau 1994  
74 Panama 1922  
75 Paraguay 1992  
76 Peru 1979 Death penalty still in military law
77 Philippines 2006  
78 Poland 1997  
79 Portugal 1976 (1867)  
80 Romania 1990  
81 Rwanda 2007  
82 Salomon Islands 1978 (1966)  
83 Samoa 2004  
84 San Marino 1865 (1848)  
85 Sao Tomé und Principe 1990  
86 Senegal 2004  
87 Serbia 2002  
88 Seychelles 1993  
89 Slovakia 1990  
90 Slovenia 1989  
91 South Africa 1997 (1995)  
92 Spain 1995 (1978)  
93 Sweden 1972 (1921)  
94 Switzerland 1992 (1942)  
95 Timor-Leste 1999  
96 Togo 2009  
97 Turkey 2004 (2002)  
98 Turkmenistan 1999  
99 Tuvalu 1978  
100 Ukraine 1999  
101 Uruguay 1907  
102 Uzbekistan 2008  
103 Vanuatu 1980  
104 Vatican City 1969  
105 Venezuela 1863  

Countries with death penalty which haven't carried out executions for more than 10 years

  Country Last execution
1 Algeria 1993
2 Benin 1987
3 Brunei 1957
4 Burkina Faso 1988
5 Cameroon 1997
6 Central African Republic 1981
7 Congo 1982
8 Corea (South Corea) 1986
9 Eritrea 1989
10 Gambia 1981
11 Ghana 1993
12 Grenada 1978
13 Kenya 1987
14 Laos 1989
15 Liberia 2000
16 Madagascar 1958
17 Malawi 1992
18 Maldives 1952
19 Mali 1980
20 Mauretania 1987
21 Morocco 1993
22 Myanmar 1980th
23 Nauru none
24 Niger 1976
25 Papua New Guinea 1950
26 Russian Federation 1999
27 Sri Lanka 1976
28 Surinam 1982
29 Swasiland 1983
30 Tanzania 1995
31 Tonga 1982
32 Tunisia 1991
33 Zambia 1997

Countries which still carry out executions

1 Afghanistan  
2 Bahamas  
3 Bahrain  
4 Bangladesh  
5 Belarus  
6 Botswana  
7 Chad  
8 China  
9 Cuba  
10 Egypt  
11 Equatorial Guinea  
12 Ethiopia  
13 Guatemala  
14 Guinea  
15 India  
16 Indonesia  
17 Iran  
18 Iraq  
19 Japan  
20 Jordan  
21 Korea (North Korea)  
22 Kuwait  
23 Lebanon  
24 Liberia  
25 Libya  
26 Malaysia  
27 Mongolia Moratorium since 1/14/2010
28 Nigeria  
29 Oman  
30 Pakistan  
31 Palestinian Territories  
32 Qatar  
33 Saudi Arabia  
34 Singapore  
35 Somalia  
36 St. Kitts and Nevis  
37 Sudan  
38 Syria  
39 Taiwan  
40 Thailand  
41 Uganda  
42 United Arab Emirates  
43 United States of America  
44 Vietnam  
45 Yemen  
46 Zimbabwe  
     
     
     
     

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