This Guide was published in 2014. It was commissioned by the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and written by Frank Warburton with assistance and support from the All-Party Group. It outlines the main arguments for abolition and provides examples of the steps that have been taken to move toward abolition in law in many countries around the world.
Amnesty's report for 2015 contains both bad and good news. There were 1,634 executions - a 54% increase from 2014 and the highest number for 25 years. 90% all recorded executions were carried out in 3 countries –Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. These figures do not include the thousands of executions that were carried out in China, where data on the use of the death penalty remains classified as a state secret. At the same time, 2015 saw 4countries –Fiji, Madagascar, Republic of Congo and Suriname- abolish the death penalty for all crimes. The majority of the world’s countries (102) is now fully abolitionist. The figures for our Home Page are taken from the Amnesty Report.