Death penalty 2015: Facts and figures – Amnesty International
At least 1,634 people were executed in 25 countries in 2015, Amnesty International has reported.
This represents a stark increase on the number of executions recorded in 2014 of more than 50%; in 2014 Amnesty International recorded 1,061 executions in 22 countries worldwide.
This is the highest number of executions recorded in more than 25 years (since 1989).
Most executions took place in China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the USA – in that order.
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Excluding China, almost 90% of all executions took place in just three countries – Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.