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20th April 2017, 15:31:01 UTC

Amnesty International’s global monitoring of the use of the death penalty points to an overall decrease in states’ resort to this punishment in 2016.

The total number of executions decreased from the historical high figure reported in 2015. The number of countries that imposed death sentences and the number of countries that carried out executions– were also noticeably lower. However, the figure of recorded new death sentences increased compared to the previous year, exceeding the previous highest total recorded in 2014.

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