Amnesty International revealed its annual report on executions in various countries of the world in 2020, and recorded 483 executions in only 18 countries, registering a 26% decrease compared to 2019, which witnessed 657 executions.
According to the organization, the countries that carried out the most executions in 2020 are China, Iran, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
According to the organization, among the 483 known people executed in 18 countries, there are 16 women, 4 in Egypt, 9 in Iran, a woman in Oman, and two in Saudi Arabia.
The organization did not record any executions in Belarus, Japan, Pakistan, Singapore, Sudan and Bahrain, although these countries had a number of cases in 2018 and 2019.
In the Middle East, Yemen was the one which sentenced the most death verdicts, as the number reached 269, but only 5 were carried out, and in Egypt 264 sentences were recorded, of which only 107 were executed.
In Libya, 17 death sentences were recorded, none of which were carried out as well, bearing in mind that no death sentences were recorded there in 2019, according to the Amnesty International report.
The report stated that the number of executions recorded in Iraq decreased by nearly half, as 100 cases were recorded in 2019 and 49 in 2020, and Saudi Arabia from 184 to 27 only.
By the end of 2020, 108 countries (more than half of the world’s countries) had abolished the death penalty in law for all crimes, and 144 countries had abolished the death penalty in law or in practice.