Capital punishment in the world

Capital punishment has been used in almost every part of the globe, but in the last few decades many countries have abolished it. Usage of capital punishment is usually broken into the four categories set out below. Of the 194 independent states that are UN members or have UN observer status:

  • 42 (22%) maintain the death penalty in both law and practice.
  • 97 (50%) have abolished it.
  • 7 (4%) retain it for crimes committed in exceptional circumstances (such as in time of war).
  • 48 (25%) permit its use for ordinary crimes, but have not used it for at least 10 years and are believed to have a policy or established practice of not carrying out executions, or it is under a moratorium

The information above is accurate as of January 2012, when the Parliament of Mongolia signed the Second Additional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

This blog is a complement to Claim your Innocence (US). Death row news and wrongfully convicted.



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