Nearly 1000 executions were recorded a year ago, including beheadings and lethal injections

These four countries executed people for drug-related crimes in 2017, according to Amnesty

These four countries executed people for drug-related crimes in 2017, according to Amnesty

No fewer than 2,285 Nigerians including four foreign nationals are on death row at the end of 2017.

Sub-Saharan Africa made great strides with a significant decrease in death sentences being imposed across the region.

While pleased with the overall drop in global executions, Amnesty International pointed to some "distressing trends" involving the practice of capital punishment for inmates with non-violent crimes, juvenile offenders, individuals with mental or intellectual disabilities, and criminal confessions as a result of torture.

Shetty said with the progress in Africa, "the isolation of the world's remaining executing countries could not be starker".

Guinea and Mongolia abolished the death penalty previous year, making it 106 countries that have done so in law; 36 more have abandoned it in practice. The organisation recorded 993 deaths past year, not including China for which it has no data but where the number could run to thousands.

In 2017, no executions were reported after the postponement.

The United States was the only country in the Americas to carry out executions in 2017. Last February, Gambia passed a moratorium on executions.

At least eight people were executed in Singapore a year ago for drug-related crimes, the highest number since Amnesty began collecting figures on this trend in 2013. Amnesty believes thousands of executions and death sentences occurred in 2017 in China, where they are considered a state secret.

The report also found that the death penalty does little to deter crime.

"Drug crimes would be considered as nonviolent and the worldwide community demands at the very least that the death penalty not be imposed for nonviolent crimes".

These four countries executed people for drug-related crimes in 2017, according to Amnesty
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For the ninth consecutive year, the U.S. remained the only country to carry out executions in the region.

On Tuesday in the Senate, Bishop Shelton J. Fabre, representing the conference, said, "The Catholic Church considers the death penalty an offense against the sanctity of life". In Malaysia, the anti-drug laws were amended, with the introduction of sentencing discretion in drug trafficking cases.

Eighteen countries across the region were known to have imposed death sentences, the same number as in 2016.

"The fact that countries continueto resort to the death penalty fordrug-related offences remains troubling".

The human rights group Amnesty International reports that at least 993 people were executed worldwide past year.

There was a small reduction in the use of the death penalty in this region in 2017.

Last December, Chinese authorities sentenced 10 men to death, mostly on drug-related charges, at a sports stadium, in the southern city of Lufeng, in front of thousands of spectators.

It is possible the Asia-Pacific region has the "highest number of executions carried out and death sentences imposed for drug-related offences", Kulak said.

The second-highest known number of executions for drug-related offences was in Saudi Arabia, where 59 known executions took place. Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan accounted for 84 percent of the killings.

Justice Short, who also endorsed the abolishment of death penalty explained that though the punishment is not the most effective among other sentences and does not prevent others from committing crimes, those campaigning for its removal scale up efforts to persuade those who want it retained. The report did not elaborate on the nature of the crimes committed by those executed. However, the report notes that Cairo did not carry out a majority of the sentences.

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