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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

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

Which countries execute the most people?

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Amnesty international figures are the source of a Statista infographic showing that Iran executes more people than Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia and beyond

While Saudi Arabia’s brutal mass beheading of 47 people continues to dominate headlines and outrage opponents of capital punishment around the world, it may come as something of a surprise to learn that the Sunni kingdom doesn’t even come close to topping the global execution chart.

With more than 1,000 state-organised executions in 2014 alone, China puts almost four times as many people to death each year than its nearest challenger Iran.

While the shock of China’s extraordinary execution figures may be dampened somewhat when its population of 1.3 billion people is taken into account, Iran is only the 16th most populous country in the world – making the 289 plus executions there in 2014 totally disproportionate to its population. The USA is the only Western nation on the list.

The infographic below, from the ever-reliable and interesting Statista, gives further details:
Infographic: Which countries execute the most people? | Statista
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