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‘Killing sprees’: Number of people executed worldwide spiked in 2013

Amnesty International say it is due to a large number of people being put to death in Iran and Iraq.



A LARGE NUMBER of death penalties in Iran and Iraq has caused a spike in the number of people executed around the world, according to a review by Amnesty International.

The total number of people executed worldwide rose more than 15 per cent compared to the previous year, from 682 in 2012 to 778 in 2013.

At least 369 people were executed in Iran, although Amensty say “credible sources” point towards this figure being closer to 700.

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Click here for a larger version of this infographic. (Image Credit: Amnesty International)

The vast majority of the 169 executed in Iraq were convicted under anti-terrorism laws.

However, these countries come second and third respectively to China.

Amensty say that China has put to death “more people than the rest of the world put together, but with the death penalty treated as a state secret reliable data is impossible to obtain”.

Saudi Arabia executed 79, 39 in the United States, and in sixth place was Somalia who executed 34 people.

“The virtual killing sprees we saw in countries like Iran and Iraq were shameful,” Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland said.

“Only a small number of countries carried out the vast majority of these senseless state-sponsored killings. ”

They can’t undo the overall progress already made towards abolition.

One more county used the death penalty compared to last year, a total of 22.

Public executions took place in Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Somalia.

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