EXECUTIONS IN 2016 (as of 30 June)


15 March 2017 :

At least 1,685 executions were carried out in 17 Countries and territories in the first six months of 2016.

China: at least 1,200

Iran: at least 209

Saudi Arabia: at least 95

Pakistan: at least 75

Iraq: at least 55

United States: 14

Somalia: at least 13

Afghanistan: 6

Bangladesh: 4

Malaysia: at least 3

Palestine (Gaza Strip): at least 3

South Sudan: at least 2

Japan: 2

Botswana: 1

Taiwan*: 1

Belarus: 1

Singapore: 1


In the first six months of 2016, no executions were reported in 7 Countries – Chad, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, India, Indonesia and Oman – that carried out executions in 2015.

On the other hand, 3 countries, which had not carried out executions in 2015, resumed them in the first six months of 2016: Botswana (1), Belarus (1) and Palestine (Gaza Strip) (3).

It could not be confirmed if judicial executions took place in North Korea, Sudan, Syria, Vietnam and Yemen in 2016 (as of 30 June).

Source: Hands Off Cain

In bold: liberal democracies1 (4) that carried out executions (18) in the first six months of 2016.

In italics: changes in 2016 (3) with regard to 2015.

* Non-UN member States

1 The classification “liberal democracy” is based on the rigorous analytic standards employed by Freedom House in its Freedom in the World 2016 report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world (www.freedomhouse.org)