A new report by Amnesty International indicates that ninety percent of the world’s executions in 2015 took place in Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
According to the report, the world saw the highest number of recorded executions in more than twenty-five years. At least, one thousand six hundred and thirty-four people were executed last year, an increase of more than 50% from 2014.
Nine hundred and seventy-seven people were executed in Iran in 2015 with an estimated two hundred of those executions for drug-related offenses, including four executions of juvenile offenders.
The human rights organizations said that in 2015 Pakistan had the highest number of executions ever reported at a staggering three hundred and twenty-six.
Amnesty estimates that China is the world’s leader in executions with numbers estimated in the thousands. Definitive numbers of executions could not be obtained because China considers this information a state secret.
The United States carried out the lowest number of executions since 1991 totaling twenty-eight. Additionally, Fiji, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, and Suriname all abolished the death penalty in 2015.