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India Figured in World Death Penalty Report 2014
Mar 27, 2014

The World Death Penalty Report 2014, released by Amnesty International on 27 March, has found that executions in India were not announced prior to being carried out, neither to the public nor to the families and lawyers of the prisoners. India hanged Mohammad Afzal Guru in secret in Tihar Jail. Guru's family was not informed in time of his imminent execution and his body was not returned to the family for last rites and burial, in violation of international standards.  Amnesty has also pointed to how President Pranab Mukherjee rejected the mercy petitions of 18 other prisoners in 2013, the most rejections by any president in nearly 25 years.

At least 37 executions were reported to have been carried out in 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. India recorded one such execution.

At least 778 people were executed in 22 countries in 2013. In 2012, Amnesty International reported at least 682 executions in 21 countries worldwide. At least 1,925 death sentences were recorded in 57 countries in 2013, an increase from the 2012 figure of 1,722 in 58 countries. 23,392 people are thought to have been on death row at the end of 2013.

This figure does not include thousands of executions believed to have taken place in China.

The latest data shows a stark rise in the number of executions carried out in Iran and Iraq. Iraq saw a 30% increase in the number of people put to death, rising from 129 in 2012 to 169 in 2013. Although official figures for Iran report 369 executions (up from 314 in 2012) Amnesty state that credible sources report at least 335 additional executions, bringing the total to at least 704.

Of the 638 confirmed executions in the region, three countries; Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia accounted for 95% of them. It could not be confirmed if executions took place in Egypt or Syria.


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