The Death Penalty Worldwide
According to Amnesty International, 137 countries have abolished the death penalty. Argentina, Chile, and Uzbekistan outlawed the death penalty in 2008. During 2007, 24 countries, 88% in China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States alone, executed 1,252 people compared to 1,591 in 2006. Nearly 3,350 people were sentenced to death in 51 countries. More than 20,000 prisoners are on death row across the world. See also U.S. Figures.
Death Penalty Outlawed (year)1
Cape Verde (1981)
Cook Islands (2007)
Costa Rica (1877)
Côte d'Ivoire (2000)
Czech Republic (1990)
Dominican Republic (1966)
East Timor (1999)
Marshall Islands (1986)
New Zealand (1961)
San Marino (1848)
São Tomé and Príncipe (1990)
Slovak Republic (1990)
Solomon Islands (1966)
South Africa (1995)
United Kingdom (1973)
Vatican City (1969)
Death Penalty Outlawed for Ordinary Crimes2 (year)
Cook Islands (n.a.)
El Salvador (1983)
De Facto Ban on Death Penalty3 (year)4
Brunei Darussalam (1957)
Burkina Faso (1988)
Central African Republic (1981)
Congo (Republic) (1982)
Korea, South (n.a.)
Papua New Guinea (1950)
Sri Lanka (1976)
Death Penalty Permitted
Antigua and Barbuda
China (People's Republic)
Congo (Democratic Republic)
St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
NOTE: n.a. = date not available. 1. If death penalty was outlawed for ordinary crimes before it was outlawed in all cases, the earlier date is given.
2. Death penalty is permitted only for exceptional crimes, such as crimes committed under military law or in wartime.
3. Death penalty is sanctioned by law but has not been the practice for ten or more years.
4. Year of last execution. Source: Amnesty International.
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