Death sentences 'running at record levels' although execution toll falls

Death sentences 'running at record levels' although execution toll falls

For the 8th consecutive year, the United States of America was the only country to carry out executions in the Americas region with 20 people executed in 2016 (eight fewer than in 2015). China's official death penalty figures are a state secret, but Amnesty said it continues to execute thousands of people every year.

Other countries making up the world's top five executioners in 2016 were Iran (at least 567), Saudi Arabia (at least 154), Iraq (at least 88) and Pakistan (at least 87). Last year, the United States executed 20 people, the lowest number since 2006 and second-lowest since 1991, according to a new study by worldwide rights group Amnesty global.

Human rights group Dui Hua estimates China conducted about 2,000 executions past year, down from 6,500 a decade ago. The fact that "there are so many farmers and migrant workers being sentenced to death would probably indicate that, as in line with the experience of other countries, relatively poorer people are more likely to be subjected to the death penalty, or are perhaps less able to afford adequate and effective legal representation", said Nee.

Shamini also called on the Government to be more transparent in the use of the death penalty. Sri Lanka had 79 death sentences past year.

Amnesty has described the country's use of the death penalty as "grotesque" and "horrifying".

These "executions take place within the context of a judicial system that is not independent from the authority of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and therefore subject to direct political interference", it said.

Amnesty has specified that the figures may be higher in reality because of constraint with regard to information on death sentences available from a few countries. "There is strong public support for the death penalty", Ugwu said. Excluding China only four countries account for almost 87% of global executions: Iran, (567), Saudi Arabia, (154), Iraq, (88), and Pakistan, (87).

"[Until there's transparency] it's really hard to know how to reform, whether or not [reforms are] effective... the public doesn't have the information they need to have an informed public debate about the death penalty".

KFC Announces Commitment to Use Completely Antibiotic Free Chicken
Eleven of the 15 largest restaurant chains in the US have committed to ending the use of antibiotics on some level. KFC's new policy will likely move this percentage even higher.

The biggest of the remaining executioners are China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan.

The Chinese government has been following a policy of "killing fewer, killing cautiously" (少杀慎杀) for a decade, and are keen to present an image to the world of at least attempting to reduce the number of executions, the report said.

The estimates contradict official state figures, which put the number of executions at 85 between 2014 and 2016. Amnesty International reports that annual executions there likely number in the low thousands.

For the first time since 2006, the U.S. did not feature among the world's top five countries, due partly to litigation and challenges in sourcing chemicals used in lethal injection procedures.

But secrecy involving the executions remains an issue despite efforts at reform, according to Amnesty.

Executions in Iran fell by more than 40 percent compared to 2015 - especially significant because Iran accounted for more than half of all known executions previous year. Out of the 856 executions that were recorded in 2016, Iran alone carried out 66% of them.

China guards data relating to the death penalty like a state secret.

Amnesty suggests that China's continued lack of transparency on prisoner executions is because it still harvests prisoner's organs.

  • European Union expands sanctions against North Korea

    A USA official said Wednesday's missile test ended in failure when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said both sides agreed that the North Korean threat had reached a " very serious stage ".

    Trump's security adviser reaffirms plan to deploy missile defence system-Seoul

    The North has defied the ban, saying it infringes its sovereign rights to self defence and the pursuit of space exploration. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed Pyongyang had launched "yet another" intermediate range ballistic missile.
    Pep Guardiola stands by decision to recall Claudio Bravo after latest mistake

    Pep Guardiola stands by decision to recall Claudio Bravo after latest mistake

    They've gone W1-D2-L12 on the road this term, failing to score in 10 of 13 winless matches recently, of which 12 were defeats. It was his 28th goal of the season and his 10th in his last 10 games.
  • McDavid is third-youngest to win Art Ross Trophy

    McDavid is third-youngest to win Art Ross Trophy

    He has done his part and more to help the Edmonton Oilers make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in more than 10 years. Edler scored for Vancouver with Miller on the bench for an extra attacker with 40.3 seconds left in regulation.
    Kendall Jenner's Pepsi protest ad prompts online backlash

    Kendall Jenner's Pepsi protest ad prompts online backlash

    A pair of stylish sunglasses are all that stand between our hero and the ignorant populace beholden to the status quo. A bunch of people must have thought the now-infamous Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner was a great idea.
    Friday weather: Forecasters issue wind advisory

    Friday weather: Forecasters issue wind advisory

    Clouds will begin to increase by midday as warm and steady southerly winds pull moisture up from the Florida Straits. High winds expected Friday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a "High Wind Watch".
  • Pippa Middleton's Wedding Date Revealed

    Pippa Middleton's Wedding Date Revealed

    Princess Charlotte and Prince George (with mom and dad, Kate Middleton and Prince William) at St. And, of course, there has been plenty of speculation about what Pippa's dress will look like.

    Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack

    But as the war intensified, they lost ground to the Syrian military and radical Islamist groups. The indiscriminate use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is one of those times.
    NYC Uber driver thankful video of threatening woman went viral

    NYC Uber driver thankful video of threatening woman went viral

    The woman threatened to "violate him" and threatened to tell police, "you're raping me". Uber has said that the woman has been banned from making use of their services.
  • Ivanka's Children Woo Xi Jinping With Their Command in Mandarin

    Arabella also recited a Tang Dynasty poem, while little Joseph appeared shy at the end and clung to his father, Mr Jared Kushner. Last week, the president tweeted that he expected his meeting with Mr Xi would be "very hard ".
    LeEco deal to buy Vizio for $2 billion falls through

    LeEco deal to buy Vizio for $2 billion falls through

    LeEco is also the parent company of Faraday Future, which has its own mile-long list of over-promising and funding problems . Chinese regulatory hurdles were rumored to be standing in the acquisition's way.
    Emirates is using a new perk to defy the U.S.  laptop ban

    Emirates is using a new perk to defy the U.S. laptop ban

    Customers travelling to the U.S. could pack their electronic devices into their check-in baggage at their point of departure. Passengers should download their work on a USB drive for transfer to the loan tablet, the airline said in a statement.