13. Apr, 2018


Excluding China, 84% of all reported executions took place in just four countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan. Executions decreased in Belarus (by 50%, from at least four to at least two); Egypt (by 20%); Iran (by 11%); Pakistan (31%) and Saudi Arabia (5%). Executions doubled or almost doubled in Palestine, from three in 2016 to six in 2017; from four to eight in Singapore; and from 14 to 24 in Somalia. The following methods of execution were used across the world in 2017: beheading, hanging, lethal injection and shooting. Public executions were carried out in Iran (at least 31). For the second year in a row, and the second time since 2006, the US did not feature among the top five global executioners, with its position in the global ranking dropping from seventh to eighth."

Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan – in that order.