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HANDS OFF CAIN PRESENTS 2013 REPORT ON THE DEATH PENALTY WORLDWIDE

July 26, 2013: The presentation of Hands Off Cain's 2013 Report, ‘The Death Penalty Worldwide’, was held at the headquarters of HOC in Rome.
The worldwide trend towards abolition, underway for more than fifteen years, was again confirmed in 2012 and the first six months of 2013.
There are currently 158 countries and territories that, to different extents, have decided to renounce the death penalty. Of these: 100 are totally abolitionist; 7 are abolitionist for ordinary crimes; 5 have a moratorium on executions in place and 46 are de facto abolitionist (i.e. Countries that have not carried out any executions for at least 10 years or countries which have binding obligations not to use the death penalty).
Countries retaining the death penalty worldwide declined to 40 (as of 30 June 2013), compared to 43 in 2011. Retentionist countries have gradually declined over the last few years: there were 42 in 2010, 45 in 2009, 48 in 2008, 49 in 2007, 51 in 2006 and 54 in 2005.
In 2012, executions were carried out in 22 countries, compared to 20 in 2011, 22 in 2010, 19 in 2009 and 26 in 2008.
In 2012, there were at least 3,967 executions, compared to at least 5,004 in 2011, at least 5,946 in 2010, at least 5,741 in 2009 and at least 5,735 in 2008. The decline of executions compared to previous years is justified by the significant drop in executions in China, estimated to be down from about 4,000 in 2011 to about 3,000 in 2012.
In 2012 and in the first six months of 2013, there were no executions in 3 countries where executions were carried out in 2011: Egypt, Singapore and Vietnam.
On the other hand, 8 countries resumed executions: Botswana (at least 1), Gambia (9), Japan (7), India (1) and Pakistan (1) in 2012; Indonesia (1), Kuwait (5) and Nigeria (4) in 2013.
Once again, Asia tops the standings as the region where the vast majority of executions are carried out. Taking the estimated number of executions in China to be about 3,000 (about a thousand less than in 2011), the total for 2012 corresponds to a minimum of 3,879 executions (97.8%), down from 2011 when there were at least 4,935 executions.
In the Americas, the United States of America was the only country to carry out executions (43) in 2012.
In Africa, in 2012, the death penalty was carried out in 5 countries (in 2011 there were 4) – Sudan (at least 19), Gambia (9), Somalia (at least 8), South Sudan (at least 5), and Botswana (at least 1) – where there were at least 42 executions. In 2011 there were at least 24 executions on the entire continent.
In Europe, the only blemish on an otherwise completely death penalty-free zone continues to be Belarus, where three men were put to death for homicide in 2012.

LIBYA: GADDAFI MINISTER SENTENCED TO DEATH
AFGHANISTAN: RELIGIOUS LEADER ARRESTED FOR APPLYING DEATH PENALTY
TEXAS (USA): PRISON SYSTEM RUNNING OUT OF EXECUTION DRUG
INDIA: KILLER-RAPIST GETS DEATH SENTENCE IN KERALA
TEXAS (USA): DOUGLAS FELDMAN EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: PRISON, LASHES FOR LIBERAL SAUDI WEBSITE FOUNDER
UAE: DUBAI JANITOR RAPIST GETS DEATH PENALTY
DEATH PENALTY FOR KENYAN FOR KILLING UK MAN
SRI LANKA: PRESIDENT TO PARDON ELDERLY CONDEMNED PRISONERS
SOMALIA: FEDERAL GOVT EXECUTES FOUR SOLDIERS
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED IN MIANDOAB
IRAN: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS EXECUTION SENTENCE FOR 4 YOUNG ARAB MEN
TOP EXECUTIONERS FOR 2012: CHINA, IRAN AND IRAQ
ALABAMA (USA): ANDREW LACKEY EXECUTED
MALAYSIA: NIGERIAN STUDENT SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR CANNABIS TRAFFICKING
CHINA: EX-OFFICIAL GETS DEATH FOR GRAFT
NIGERIA: DELTA HIGH COURT SENTENCES 3 ARMED ROBBERS TO DEATH
UAE: NEPALI GETS DEATH FOR MURDER
CHINESE WOMAN GETS DEATH FOR TRYING TO SMUGGLE HEROIN OUT OF VIETNAM
SOMALIA: PUNTLAND EXECUTES TWO CONVICTED OF ISLAMIC MUFTI’S ASSASSINATION
USA: SODIUM THIOPENTAL IMPORT RULED ILLEGAL BY APPEALS COURT
SAUDI ARABIA: INDONESIA TO PAY $1.87M TO SAVE MAID FROM DEATH ROW
ALGERIA: CRIMINAL COURT SENTENCES TWO CONVICTS TO DEATH
CHINA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE
IRAN: ONE PRISONER EXECUTED IN KHORAMABAD
CHINA: 5 SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
LEBANON: AL-NUSRA MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
MALAYSIA: GUINEAN MAN SENT TO THE GALLOWS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
ZIMBABWE: TWO MURDERERS TO HANG
GEORGIA (USA): JUDGE UPHOLDS STAY OF HILL’S EXECUTION

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