Death penalty

Death penalty around the world in 2016

2016 saw a 37 percent decrease in executions carried out globally compared to the previous year.

Death penalty

China, Iran, Saudi Arabia executed most people in 2016

Number of executions drops worldwide, Amnesty International says, attributing decrease mainly to fewer hangings in Iran.

United States

The struggle against America's racist death row

Campaigners are facing mixed fortunes in their battle to end capital punishment in the US.

Death penalty

The death penalty in the US is like a dying dinosaur

It may be doomed to be extinct but it is still deadly - with eight executions planned over 10 days in Arkansas.

Human Rights

Five death penalty cases to follow in the US this year

There are an estimated 2,905 people on death row in the US. Here are five particularly controversial cases.

Middle East

Jordan hangs 15 convicts, most in years

Prisoners, all Jordanians, convicted of 'terrorism' offences and rape hanged in Suaga prison, south of the capital.

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Philippines: Death penalty campaign clears major hurdle

President Duterte's efforts to reinstate capital punishment for drug-related crime receives backing from congress.


Bangladesh sentences 26 to death over 2014 murders

Three senior officers from elite security forces among those to be hanged over crimes in Narayanganj, court decides.

Middle East

Bahrain executes three men over police killings

Trio convicted of carrying out a 2014 deadly attack on police executed by firing squad, state news agency reports.

Death penalty

Study: Rates of US execution sharply decline in 2016

Legal battles and the shortage of drugs needed for lethal injection meant just five of 31 US states executed inmates.

Human Rights

Sierra Leone: The witch doctor, the DJ and the gallows

For the first time since its civil war, Sierra Leone might be about to execute someone.

Death penalty

Pakistan urged to halt execution of mentally ill inmate

Politicians and activists say man facing the gallows is a paranoid schizophrenic who does not deserve the death penalty.

Human Rights

Death penalty in US: New Mexico defies nation's mood

While New Mexico thinks about reinstatement, public support for capital punishment across the US is on the decline.


Pakistan: Appeal to save mentally ill death row inmate

Suffering from schizophrenia, Imdad Ali saved from the gallows for a week after appeal from rights groups.

Human Rights

Oklahoma puts executions on hold after botched attempts

After years of controversy over lethal injection failures, US state now plans to execute inmates with nitrogen gas.