10 August 2009

The Death Penalty in 2008

At least 5,727 executions were carried out . . . in 2008.

China: at least 5,000
Iran: at least 346
Saudi Arabia: at least 102
North Korea: at least 63
United States: 37
Pakistan: at least 36
Iraq: at least 34
Vietnam: at least 19
Afghanistan: at least 17
Japan: 15
Yemen: at least 13
Indonesia: 10
Libya: at least 8
Sudan: at least 5
Bangladesh: 5
Belarus: 4
Somalia: at least 3
Egypt: at least 2
United Arab Emirates: at least 1
Malaysia: at least 1
Mongolia: at least 1
Singapore: at least 1
Syria: at least 1
Bahrain: 1
Botswana: 1
Saint Kitts and Nevis: 1

Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Kuwait did not register any executions in 2008 although they put people to death in 2007.

United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Saint Kitts and Nevis did not carry out any executions in 2007.

From here.

Iran accounts for two-thirds of people executed for crimes committed while they were juveniles in the world.

Islam is a major factor in cultural acceptance of the death penalty in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Indonesia, Libya, Sudan, Bangladesh, Somolia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Syria, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Asian countries where Islam is not a predominant factor include China, North Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Mongolia, and Singapore.

The nations that don't fit in either of these catetgories are the United States, Belarus, Botswana and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

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