Amnesty International just released their annual report on the worldwide use of the death penalty in 2016.
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- At least 1,032 people were executed in 23 countries in 2016. In 2015 Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide – a historical spike unmatched since 1989.
- Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan – in that order.
- China remained the world’s top executioner.
- For the first time since 2006, the USA was not one of the five biggest executioners, falling to seventh behind Egypt. The 20 executions in the USA was the lowest in the country since 1991.