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Death Penalty Sentences 2016

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Amnesty International recorded that 3,117 people were sentenced to death in 55 countries for 2016. The overall number of death sentences constitutes a significant increase on the total for 2015 (1,998) and exceeds the record-high total that the organisation reported in 2014 (2,466).

Amnesty International recorded significantly higher numbers of death sentences imposed in Bangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Thailand and Zambia than in the previous year; however, decreases were particularly noticeable in Egypt and the USA. For some of these countries, such as Thailand, the increase is due to the fact that the authorities provided Amnesty International with detailed information on their use of the death penalty in 2016. Amnesty International’s own ability to obtain credible data on some other countries may have also partly contributed to a higher overall figure. The number of countries imposing death sentences decreased from 61 in 2015 to 55 in 2016, the same as in 2014.


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Technical Notes

This map shows the territories resized according to the number of sentenced death penalties 2016.

Data sources
This map uses data by Amnesty International (last accessed March 2018). We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets. Data for this map will soon be available as a download.

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