Abolish death penalty, Amnesty International urges Kenya

James Osgood

The total number of executions in 2015 was reportedly the highest since 1989.

"I think there is a strong perception in the region that Australia is only concerned with the death penalty when Australians are facing execution". The death toll could be in the thousands, according to Amnesty.

Worldwide rights group Amnesty says no fewer than 600 people were put to death and a total of 2,285 people now on death row in Nigeria prisons as at 2017.

Excluding China, 84% of the reported executions past year were carried out in just four countries: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan.

The figures show that Iran executed at least 507 people, accounting for 60 percent of all confirmed executions in the region.

"We know that by galvanising the support of people worldwide, we can stand up to this cruel punishment and end the death penalty everywhere".

Figures for death sentences in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Thailand, among other countries, were lower compared to 2016, according to Amnesty International's report. This was the case in three of the four executions in the country a year ago.

Russia, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan continued to observe moratoriums on executions, although in Kazakhstan one man remained under sentence of death after being convicted and sentenced in 2016 for terrorism.

"What I find particularly concerning about the use of the death penalty in Belarus is the way in which executions are carried out".

The bulk of the executions were carried out after Mohammed Bin Salman was appointed crown prince in July, figures from rights group Reprieve suggest.

Reporters remain jailed in Myanmar
But Wa Lone, who turned 32 on Wednesday and was brought cake by his friends, still expressed optimism. "I believe in democracy". Security forces in Rakhine are accused of serious human rights violations against ethnic Rohingya Muslims.

"What we need to do is to invest in our youth, invest in education, invest in employment, invest in other ways of reducing crime, especially violent crime, in our society and this is what our country has failed to do over the years", said prison reform activist Sylvester Uhaa.

"On average, the Saudi authorities now execute someone more or less every two days", Wake told MEE. "They are using executions less than they used to", he told Newsweek. Amnesty also recorded a 20 percent drop in Egypt.

There is now a court order in place blocking Louisiana executions indefinitely while a lawsuit over the state's protocol for lethal injections unfolds.

The organization insisted that with at least 21,919 people known to be under sentence of death globally, now is not the time to let up the pressure. This includes a mass execution carried out on 25 September, 11 days after an IS suicide attack in Nasiriyah, which killed at least 84 people.

He disclosed that The Gambia has also signed an global treaty committing the country not to carry out executions and moving to abolish the death penalty.

The United States was the only country in the Americas to carry out executions in 2017.

With more than 6,000 people awaiting execution, Pakistan has one of the largest death-row populations in the world. "The use of torture is absolutely prohibited under the UN Convention against Torture", the AI report stressed.

"Such treatment was raised in court but the judges dismissed them and upheld his conviction and sentence", said Lee.

Sayed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), told MEE: "The extra-judicial execution of three men a year ago was a heinous crime, a disproportionate punishment, which relied on torture".

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