Death penalty worldwide: Executions declined. Here are new numbers by country.

For many years Amnesty International has been working to abolish the death penalty worldwide.

Near the end of 2021 Amnesty International reported the numbers of known executions during the year 2020.  They decreased by 26%, reaching the lowest number in more than ten years.

In the U.S. executions have been trending downward for a good number of years.  Now 23 states in the U.S. and 2/3 of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty.

The numbers of executions in 2020 for the world’s major killers are as follows:

China:  Thousands

Iran:  246 or more

Egypt:  107 or more

Iraq:  45 or more

Saudi Arabia:  27

United States of America:  27

Somalia:  11 or more

Yemen:  5 or more

India:  4

Oman:  4

Botswana:  3

South Sudan:  2 or more

Bangladesh:  2

Taiwan:  1

Qatar:  1

North Korea:  1 or more

Syria:  1 or more

Vietnam:  1 or more

See more information in this blog’s category for Death Penalty.






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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