Amnesty International’s new report on the death penalty worldwide

Amnesty International posted this new information on May 16, 2023:

Worldwide executions have reached the highest level in five years. According to Amnesty’s new Death Penalty Report 2022 released today, the Middle East and North Africa’s most notorious executioners carried out killing sprees and China remains the world’s leading executioner.

“It’s often those from disadvantaged backgrounds disproportionately affected by this callous punishment.”

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General




Amnesty International recorded 883 executions in 20 countries in 2022, a 53% increase from 579 recorded in 2021. This figure represents the highest number of executions Amnesty International recorded in the past five years. In 2017, Amnesty recorded 993 executions.

Amnesty recorded 325 executions for drug-related offences: 255 in Iran; 57 in Saudi Arabia; 11 in Singapore; and 2 in China.

In Afghanistan and Iran, Amnesty recorded at least three public executions. Iran executed at least five people for crimes that occurred when they were below 18 years of age.

Thanks to Amnesty’s tireless work, six countries fully or partially abolished the death penalty in 2022.  This marks a major milestone in our fight for global justice and human rights. Together we are making incredible progress, but there is still so much to be done.

Please donate now to help Amnesty International stop the death penalty and defend human rights. Your donation will make a real difference in the lives of people around the world. Together, we can build a more just and peaceful future for everyone. Thank you for your support!

In hope and solidarity,

Lysanne Louter, Digital Engagement Coordinator

Amnesty International Canada

P.S. You can help save lives, stop torture, and make a difference for human rights by making a tax-deductible contribution to Amnesty International. Please support this important work today!

About GlenAnderson 1515 Articles
Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093