death penalty

Author: Nyman Gibson Miralis

Subject: Death Penalty

Keywords: countries which retain death penalty, ordinary crimes, crimes under military law

 

There are 100 countries that retain the death penalty:

· 35 of these retain the penalty for ordinary crimes but are considered abolitionist in practice
· 58 retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes
· 7 have laws that allow the death penalty for crimes under military law or crimes committed under exceptional circumstances

Countries that have retained the death penalty for ordinary crimes (such as murder) can be considered abolitionist in practice in that they have not executed anyone during the past ten years and are believed to have a policy or established practice of not carrying out executions.

 

Countries which retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes but are considered abolitionist in practice

Algeria
Benin
Brunei Darussalam
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Congo (Republic)
Eritrea
Ghana
Grenada
Kenya
Korea (South)

Laos
Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Maldives
Mali
Mauritania
Mongolia
Morocco
Myanmar
Nauru
Niger

Papua New Guinea
Russian Federation
Sierra Leone
Sri Lanka
Suriname
Swaziland
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Tonga
Tunisia
Zambia

Total: 35

 

Countries which retain the death penalty for ordinary crimes

Afghanistan
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belize
Botswana
Chad
China
Comoros
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Cuba
Dominica
Egypt
Equatorial Guinea
Ethiopia

Gambia
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Korea (North)
Kuwait
Lebanon
Lesotho
Libya
Malaysia
Nigeria
Oman
Pakistan

Palestinian Authority
Qatar
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent & Grenadines
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Somalia
South Sudan
Syria
Taiwan
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Vietnam
Yemen
Zimbabwe

Total: 58

 

Countries whose laws provide for the death penalty only for exceptional crimes such as crimes under military law or crimes committed in exceptional circumstances

Brazil
Chile
El Savador
Fiji
Israel
Kazakhstan
Peru

Total: 7

 

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