London, April 12: Chi has remained the world’s top executioner amid a decline in global executions, Amnesty Intertiol’s annual report on capital punishment said on Thursday. Amnesty Intertiol recorded at least 993 executions in 23 countries in 2017, down by 4 per cent from 2016 (1,032 executions) and 39 per cent from 2015 when the London-based organisation reported 1,634 executions, the highest number since 1989. Besides Chi, 84 per cent of all reported executions took place in just four countries — Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) resumed executions in 2017, the report said.
Executions noticeably fell in Belarus (by 50 per cent) and Egypt (20 per cent). However, it increased in Palestine from three in 2016 to six in 2017; in Singapore from four to eight; and in Somalia from 14 to 24. In 2017, Guinea and Mongolia abolished the death pelty in law for all crimes. While Kenya abolished the mandatory death pelty for murder, Burki Faso and Chad also took steps to repeal this punishment with new or proposed laws. The report also showed Amnesty Intertiol recorded commutations or pardons of death sentences in 21 countries including India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the US. (IANS)