Amnesty International Report Exposes Surge in Executions Across the Middle East

World 11:30 29.05.2024

Amnesty International's latest report for the year 2024 sheds light on a concerning trend in global executions, marking the highest recorded numbers since 2015. The report highlights a significant spike in executions, particularly in Iran and the broader Middle East region.

According to Ednews, a staggering total of 1,153 executions were documented worldwide last year, signifying a notable 30% increase compared to figures from 2022.

Iran emerged as a focal point of this surge, with the government executing at least 853 individuals in the past year alone, a stark rise from the 576 executions reported in the previous year. The report also reveals distressing statistics regarding the demographic makeup of those executed, indicating that 24 women and five individuals who were minors at the time of the crime faced execution in Iran. Furthermore, ethnic Baluchis bore a disproportionate brunt, with their community representing a significant portion of those executed despite comprising only 5% of Iran's population.

Amnesty International's report underscores the urgent need for international attention and action to address the human rights violations surrounding capital punishment. Notably, the report does not encompass the thousands of death sentences carried out in China due to the secretive nature of such information, highlighting a broader issue of transparency and accountability in the global landscape of human rights.

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