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China Highest Executioner, India Highest Death Sentence Presenter Says Amnesty India

April 12, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: China executed more people in 2016 than all other nations combined, Amnesty International said Tuesday, April 11, even as death penalties in the world decreased overall. The human rights organization estimates the Asian giant alone killed “thousands” of people, a figure based on examinations of court records and news reports.

Amnesty International [File Photo]

All other countries together executed at least 1,032 people last year – a decline of 37% compared to 2015. Of those, 87% took place in just 4 countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan.

Amnesty’s report found that hundreds of death sentences, including cases involving foreign nationals, had been omitted from China’s public database of court verdicts, suggesting a concerted effort to hide the extent of the country’s killings. The ruling Communist Party considers the death toll a state secret.

“China is really the only country that has such a complete regime of secrecy over executions,” Amnesty’s East Asia director Nicholas Bequelin said at a press conference in Hong Kong.

On the other hand India recorded a total of 136 death sentences imposed in 2016, significantly higher than the previous years. Against international standards, India amended its laws to introduce death penalty for hijacking when it results into death, India had zero executions in 2016.

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