Iran: Annual report on the death penalty 2017

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS (MARCH 13, 2018): The 10th annual report on the death penalty in Iran by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and ECPM shows that in 2017 at least 517 people were executed in the Islamic Republic of Iran. 
This number is comparable with the execution figures in 2016 and confirms the relative reduction in the use of the death penalty compared to the period between 2010 and 2015. 
Nevertheless, with an average of more than one execution every day and more than one execution per one million inhabitants in 2017, Iran remained the country with the highest number of executions per capita.
2017 Annual Report at a Glance:
At least 517 people were executed in 2017, an average of more than one execution per day111 executions (21%) were announced by official sources.Approximately 79% of all executions included in the 2017 report, i.e. 406 executions, were not announced by the authorities.At least 240 people (46% of all executions) were executed for murder charges - 98 more than in 2016.At le…

Malaysia: 1,122 Still On Death Row

Malaysia is ranked 10th among 23 countries that apply the death sentence worldwide, according to the 2016 Death Sentences and Executions Report by Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM).

AIM executive director K. Shamini Darshni said Malaysia recorded 9 executions as of last year with 1,122 individuals currently on death row.

"The Home Ministry had in October, last year, informed Parliament that Malaysia executed 6 people in 2014, 1 in 2015 and 9 as of September 2016.

"The disclosure was the 1st time the annual breakdown of executions has been given in recent memory and has provided an insight into the magnitude and true extent of Malaysia's use of the death penalty," she told reporters during the presentation of the report here today.

According to the report, 829 have been sentenced to death since 2010, while 95 others had received pardons or had their death sentences commuted during the same period.

The government had stated that as of April 30, 2016, 1,042 people comprising 629 Malaysians and 413 foreign nationals were sentenced to death due to murder, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking or kidnapping.

"Of these, 649 prisoners had legal appeals pending, while 393 were seeking pardon," she said.

Shamini further said despite draft legislation to reform death penalty laws in the country which was announced in November 2015, it has yet to be introduced in Parliament.

"On March 23, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said had announced that the government was looking to allow judges sentencing discretion in drug trafficking cases where the mandatory death penalty is currently applied.

"However, while the move could result in a significant reduction in the use of the death penalty, the authorities should not limit reform to drug trafficking offences only," she said.

Citing the hurried execution of brothers B. Rames and B. Suthar on March 15 while their clemency applications were still pending, Shamini called on the government to establish a moratorium on all executions as a 1st step towards full abolition of the death penalty.

Source: malaysiandigest.com, April 12, 2017

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