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Death Penalty 2014: Alarming Rise in Death Sentences as Governments Resorted to Capital Punishment to Combat Crime and Terrorism


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Death Penalty 2014: Alarming Rise in Death Sentences as Governments Resorted to Capital Punishment to Combat Crime and Terrorism

WASHINGTON -
  • States used the death penalty in a flawed attempt to tackle crime, terrorism and internal instability
  • Sharp spike in death sentences largely due to Egypt and Nigeria - at least 2,466 imposed globally, up 28% on 2013
  • 607 executions recorded, down almost 22% on 2013 (excluding those carried out in China, which executed more than the rest of the world put together)
  • 22 countries known to have executed, the same number as 2013

An alarming number of countries used the death penalty to tackle real or perceived threats to state security

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