Death Penalty in 2011


Countries that carried out executions in 2011 did so at an alarming rate but those employing capital punishment have decreased by more than a third compared to a decade ago. Only 10 percent of countries in the world, 20 out of 198, carried out executions last year.

People were executed or sentenced to death for a range of offences including adultery and sodomy in Iran, blasphemy in Pakistan, sorcery in Saudi Arabia, the trafficking of human bones in the Republic of Congo, and drug offences in more than 10 countries. Methods of execution in 2011 included beheading, hanging, lethal injection and shooting.

Some 18,750 people remained under sentence of death at the end of 2011 and at least 676 people were executed worldwide.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases without exception regardless of the nature of the crime, the characteristics of the offender or the method used by the state to carry out the execution. The death penalty violates the right to life and is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.


  1. This will surprise you greatly, but most people do not just give up their principles and the beliefs because they lose someone to violence. I for one would rather want the person who killed and/or raped my loved one to live in prison then have the easy way out and die. Most psychopaths prefer to die, and I don't want to give them that pleasure. And not everyone believes in the old-fashioned "an eye for an eye" bullshit. My loved ones won't come back if he murderer is killed, it's pointless.

  2. I'm pretty sure he doesn't enjoy his life. He is a narcissist and has been sentenced to prison instead of being celebrated like a hero as he thought he would. Trust me, he is not having much fun in life anymore, being the most hated person in Norway. God bless the Norwegians for their humane justice system and their level-headed way of dealing with such a crime. The mark of a highly advanced society!

  3. Yes, I for one wanted him to have a fair trial and for him to be used as a means to understand what goes on in the heads of terrorists, to learn how they tick..By killing him the Americans gave those who already hate them another reason to believe America is an unjust, brutal society. NOT smart! I bet the moment Bin Laden was killed he automatically recruited thousands of new Bin Ladens. Terrorism won't stop just by shooting some of the ring leaders, that's incredibly naive.

  4. What an absurd statement! Firstly, crime in the middle East is so high because a) women have no rights and thus can easily be executed for stupid non-crimes such as adultery (in Saudi, at least) or "Witchcraft" (I mean, come ON!). Secondly, the people aren't educated and often dirt poor and THAT is the reason they resort to crime such as stealing. Bring education and freedom to countries and crime rates will go down. Tyranny and suppression has never been able to achieve this.

  5. Then why are crime rates usually HIGHER in places with the death penalty, huh? Germany has lower crime rates than the US. Looks like your logic is flawed, my friend. And I wouldn't want to kill the murderer, I would want him to rot in prison for a long, long time to live with what he has done.

  6. death sentence has nothing to do with women rights.
    you obviously miss much in the mid-east.
    did you ever live where there is mafia? I doubt

    and yes, a bullet is cheaper than a meal, criminals wont pay for meals, rather for bullet, and get meals free from their bullets
    this is the whole story

  7. I support the death penalty…..killing an innocent is bad.
    that is what criminals do……killing a murderer is OK. ……coz they dont deserve human rights.

  8. Dont you think people make mistakes? If you can manage your anger then everything can happen. Look at the United States, its a country seen as western right? They have the death penalty, and they kill a few innocent people a year. Every country that has laws makes mistakes. So does yours. If someone gets arrested in your country for murder they dont get killed, they get locked up. Its better to find out someone in innocent when they are in jail then when they are dead.

  9. AMNESTY please make a statement about SINGAPORE Human Rights crimes

    A Sadistic judge in singapore sentenced a man to be executed and the other to be TORTURED by being flogged by prison perverts 24 times untill his body is maimed bloody and mutilated.

    The government's policy of "We will Kill you or– if you have a penis we will TORTURE you "are disgusting crimes against humanity.

  10. "Anti-racists" say there's a RACE problem. They say it'll be solved when non-Whites pour into ALL & ONLY White nations and "assimilate" to get a brown mixture.

    They say only White nations have this RACE problem; they say non-White nations are fine.

    If I object to my own genocide these "anti-racists" say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they're anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White.

  11. Since nobody could take somebody's life. When a person killed another, the murder was regarded not as human being anymore and human right can no longer apply on him/her. He should not be protected by law, capital punishment is thus applicable on the person. This is my logic.

  12. Death penalty is sure one of the most debated topics in the world, especially to those whose relatives became a victim of any crime act or even themselves.

    Immediately after such acts, they would mostly feel immense hatred toward the criminal and just wish them to die or kill them on their own, which would be sort of another crime act.

    Killing people, no matter who and why, violates the human rights.

    And regarding convictions, it should be equal for people of all ethnic groups and religions.

  13. i'm also from germany and im baptized

    if somebody would kill e.g. my brother i would slay him even if it's not right.

    I find an institutionalized Murder awful, how little misses and doctors give a lethal injection and the citizens say they re christian.

    probably i would do self justice.

  14. ผมอยากให้ยกเลิกการประหารชีวิตครับ ผมสงสารหัวอกคนที่ อาจจะต้องเป็นแพะรับบาป เค้าอาจตกเป็นแพะโดยที่ไม่รู้ตัวก็ใด้ หัวอกเค้าจะต้องเจ็บช้ำแค่ไหนที่เค้าต้องรับในสิ่งที่เค้าอาจจะไม่ใด้ทำ เค้าคงนอนตายตาไม่รับแแน่ที่เค้าต้องมาตาย แต่สำหรับโทษที่ต้องประหารจริงๆก็อยากให้เค้าติดคุกไปตลอดชีวิตเลยแล้วกัน ไม่ต้องให้เค้าใด้อภัยโทษ ไม่ต้องมีสิทออกมาโลกภายนอกจริง ยกตัวอย่างคดี เชอรี่แอน ที่จับแพะทั้งนั้น ถ้าไม่มีคนที่มองเห็นถึงความไม่ชอบมาพากล พวกเค้าเหล่านั้นก็ต้องถูกประหารชีวิตตามศาลชั้นต้นตัดสิน ลองคิดดู

  15. Were you alive then,or not?There was not a single death penalty opponent keeping vigil at the prison the morning Bundy was executed.Not one!Because he didn't fit the bullcrap,hypocritical, politically-correct template.Also,where were the opponents of the death penalty when those convicted Nazi war criminals were hanged at Nuremberg?Either you're against it or not.

  16. If not sentenced to death for murder, do you advocate a ''full life'' term, in that there is no possibility of release? If so, how does that sit with recent ECHR rulings that a ''full life'' term is in breach of the human rights of the offender?
    Yet another dilution of the human rights of the law abiding citizens of the country.
    What next Amnesty? Is it going to be against offenders rights to make them break in somewhere and that the victims should leave their door's open in order that they don't hurt themselves? Oh, I forgot, it's already illegal to protect your property by placing a ''potentially injurious'' item in the way of someone trespassing on your property. We should all remove our windows now!!
    Is the withdrawal of the death penalty really a good idea?   

  17. Crime is most closely linked to the demographics (genetics) of a given society.   The nations with the lowest crime and highest standard of living are in Scandinavia.  Iceland having the lowest crime of any nation.  The higest crime rates are in the 3rd world with African and Hispanic majority nations.  Every single one of the "10 most dangerous cities" in the US are on the list because they have large Black enclaves with low conviction rates, and a morally debased culture.

    Having effective deterrents in place like the death penalty and a fair and quick appeals system will only work as long as they are enforced.  Crime will always be higher in places like Detroit that is 90% Black, but it is possible to keep rates more similar to what they were before the 1960's with the older, better laws. 

    Amnesty International may as well advocate that rabid dogs be placed in pens until they are rehabilitated.  Repeat, violent felons should always be executed after their 3rd+ conviction.

  18. Every rapist, murderer, and child molester should be put down. Americans want the death penalty. Hell we are bringing back gas, hanging, and firing squad. Unfortunately not the guillotine. We shouldn't outlaw the death penalty like the left wants. We should make it a punishment for more crimes, and then put it on PPV and use those proceeds for SSN or medicare. Give it to the victims families and let them do as they see fit. Thats where the death penalty needs to go. Not be done away with.

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