Amnesty International released 2015 Death Penalty Report. Report says, the number of people executed by the previous year increased by 54%. The number of executions in 2015 reached the highest level of the last 25 years (since 1989), while Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and United States are at the top of the Amnesty International’s list.
by Sadettin Demirel* / @
In 2015, 1634 people were executed worldwide, and 1998 people were sentenced to death penalty. Compared to the previous year the number of executions increased by 50% while the number of people who were sentenced to capital punishment decreased by 19%.
51% of Countries abolished the death penalty
According to Amnesty International’s report, as of December 31, 2015, 102 countries legally suspended the death penalty. While 32 countries have not practically imposed the death penalty in the last 10 years, 6 countries applied to death penalty only for certain crimes. As of 2015, death penalty is legally enforced by only 52 countries
Most of executions took placed in Arabian countries
By 2015, 90% of the 1,634 people were executed in Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, except China, which does not announce the number execution because of a state secret. According to official and informal figures in 2015, 977 people were executed in Iran, 158 people in Saudi Arabia and 326 people in Pakistan. Also, report says 9 people under the 18 years old were executed in 2015. In the sentenced death penalties , Egypt is at the top of the list with 538 death penalty. Pakistan is the 2nd country with the 121 death sentence.
Most of the executions in the US took place in Texas”
According to the report, the US is the only country in the continent that has been subjected to death penalty for seven consecutive years. In 2015, 28 people were executed in the country. 52 people were sentenced to death. Texas is the at the top of the lists of counties with 13 executions. Also report says number of people executed in nationwide (from 35 to 28) and the number of the death penalties decreased from 72 to 52
Turkey might debate death penalty soon
In our country, no one has ever been executed since Hıdır Aslan, who was executed on 25 October 1984. The death penalty was completely abolished in 2001 for the crimes other than “terror crimes and war threats” and in 2004 for all crimes. Despite the death penalty in Turkey was abolished legally in 2004, discussions still continue in certain periods.
Sarphan Uzunoğlu, Lecturer at Kadir Has University, remarks that there are political atmosphere and communities that tend to reinstate the death penalty in Turkey. Particularly, due to the increase in abuse and rape news and incidents, Uzunoğlu says that there could be discussions about criminal methods such as castration and execution.