I have reached the conviction that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable. Reasons: 1) Irreparability in the event of an error of justice, 2) Detrimental moral influence of the execution procedure on those who, whether directly or indirectly, have to do with the procedure.
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.