The Death penalty in 2016: Facts and figures

11 April 2017

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.
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.

During 2016, 23 countries, about one in eight of all countries worldwide, are known to have carried out executions. This number has decreased significantly from twenty years ago (40 countries carried out executions in 1997). Belarus, Botswana, Nigeria and authorities within the State of Palestine resumed executions in 2016; Chad, India, Jordan, Oman and United Arab Emirates -all countries that executed people in 2015 − did not report any executions last year.

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Photo: Amnesty International

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Dialogue with High Commissioner. Child protection

Dialogue with High Commissioner. Child protection

27 April 2017

Protection of family, motherhood, paternity and childhood is one of the fundamental duties of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The future, perception of the world, behavior and psychological state of a child depends on the conditions in which he lives.

Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences

Chernobyl 31 years on: International cooperation still needed to address consequences

26 April 2017

The United Nations today commemorated the International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day recalling the devastating explosion of 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which spewed radioactive material to an area stretching 155,000 square kilometres across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school — UNICEF

Conflict keeps more than 25 million children out of school — UNICEF

25 April 2017

Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old — about 22 per cent of children in that age group — from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.

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