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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

Drug offences and the death penalty

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A recent chilling report on the Talking Drugs website which found that over half the 58 countries in the world that still have the death penalty have made it applicable to people who have committed non--violent drug crimes.

58 countries in the world have the death penalty

A recent chilling report on the Talking Drugs website which found that over half the 58 countries in the world that still have the death penalty have made it applicable to people who have committed non–violent drug crimes.

Last year, at least seven countries carried out executions of people convicted of drug-related offences ranging from drug trafficking, manufacturing and growing drugs – and even simple possession.

The report quotes 2012 information from Harm Reduction International which estimates that actual executions took place in 12 – 14 countries over the previous five years for drug-related offences.

Talking Drugs has put together this excellent interactive Google map – to find out about country specific laws and practice in recent years simply click on the highlighted states below:

You can follow Talking Drugs on Twitter: @TalkingDrugs

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  1. It is startling that Iran has so many executions. I just combed through several UN and CIA documents in researching a post on methamphetamine and found that Iran is among the top 4 countries in the world in which methamphetamine is seized. It surprised me but is congruent with the finding that large numbers of people in Iran are executed as indicated by this map. A sad state of affairs.

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