China, Iran leaders in state-ordered executions

China, Iran leaders in state-ordered executions

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:22 am

Execution: Iran style

Execution: Iran style

There were more executions worldwide in 2015 than in any year since 1990 and almost 90 percent occurred in three countries – Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

China is believed to remain the world’s top executioner, with the number of people put to death annually in the thousands, though the exact figure is a state secret, the rights group said.

Of the officially available figures,  1,634 people were executed last year, Amnesty said.

“The number of known executions rose by more than 50 percent compared with 2014 – this development is unsettling and alarming,” said Oliver Hendrich, an expert on capital punishment at Amnesty International in Germany.

At least 977 people were executed in Iran last year, mostly for drug crimes, Amnesty said, while more than 320 death sentences were carried out in Pakistan and at least 158 people were executed in Saudi Arabia.

In the United States, 28 people were executed last year – the lowest number since 1991, Amnesty said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, asked about the report, said Amnesty often released “unfair” statements about China that lacked objectivity.

“So we have no interest in making comment on this,” he told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

Countries that impose the death penalty are in the minority for the first time now, Amnesty said. It added that 102 countries had got rid of the death penalty for all crimes by the end of 2015, compared with 60 countries in 1996.


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  • While some other governments have been charged with gross violations of human rights, those governments at least try to contest the charges, meaning they acknowledge the validity of those laws. Islamic officials openly ridicule the concept of universal human rights, branding it a tool of Western imperialism. Likewise, those who question the views of Islamic clergymen are labeled enemies of Islam, with links to America and Israel. People are repeatedly warned that anybody doing so will be considered an infidel to Islam and must be killed.

    In the last 37 years, the Iranian nation has lived under the reign of the most backward regime. The truth is that the clergymen who rule Iran do not belong in this age and cannot deal with the realities of the modern world. At best, the Islamic revolution of 1979 was the revolution of century against century. They believe that after 37 years of mismanagement and brutality, the only way they can extend their rule is by increasingly terrorizing their critics. The Islamic regime has taken this noble Iranian nation into the Middle Ages, creating some of the most medieval laws and implementing them against its citizens in the most vicious manner.

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