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Graphic shows number of executions in 2023.


Global executions soar to highest in almost a decade

By Jordi Bou

May 29, 2024 - A total of 1,153 people were put to death worldwide in 2023, up more than 30% on 2022, with a sharp rise in Iran and the Middle East.

Amnesty International said it recorded a total of 1,153 executions across 16 countries in 2023. The figure does not include thousands of death sentences believed to have been carried out in China, where data is not available due to state secrecy.

The group said the spike in recorded executions was primarily driven by Iran, where authorities executed at least 853 people last year, compared to 576 in 2022. More than half of 2023’s executions in Iran were for drug-related offences.

Amnesty said that, despite the setbacks, there was progress because the number of countries that carried out executions dropped to 16, the lowest on record since the group began monitoring.

PUBLISHED: 29/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images