Death penalty, the ranking of executioners: 1,153 executions in 2023 between Iran (74%) and Saudi Arabia (14%)

Death penalty, the ranking of executioners: 1,153 executions in 2023 between Iran (74%) and Saudi Arabia (14%)
Death penalty, the ranking of executioners: 1,153 executions in 2023 between Iran (74%) and Saudi Arabia (14%)

ROME – In Saudi Arabia even minors are sentenced to death. He remembers it Amnesty International. The authorities had promised not to do it again, but the Supreme Court secretly upheld the death sentences of two minors at the time of the crime.

The methods of execution. There are three methods of execution: crucifixion, stoning and decapitation. The latter is the most applied system, although there are sometimes crucifixions and stonings. Now Abdullah al-Derazi and Jalal Labbad risk ending up in the hands of the executioner. Both were under 18 at the time of the alleged crimes and convicted of participating in anti-government protests. Their trials were based mainly on confessions extracted through torture.

Abdullah al-Derazi. He was 17 years old at the time of the crime. After his arrest in 2014, he was held in pre-trial detention for three years without access to a lawyer. He stated that he had been beaten and tortured.

Jalal Labbad. He was between 15 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged crime and was also subjected to physical and psychological torture. He stated that he spent “nine and a half months in solitary confinement”, that he suffered “beatings” and “electric shocks all over my body, in particular on my genitals”. The two boys can no longer appeal and could be put to death at any moment.

The primacy of the executioners in Iran and Saudi Arabia. 2023 has the highest number of people executed since 2015: there were at least 1,153 executions. Iran (for 74% of total convictions) and Saudi Arabia (for 14%) hold the sad record.

Data from China: not received. A partial figure that does not include capital punishment in China, on which we have no visibility. Since 1980 Amnesty fights for the abolition of capital punishment, an inhumane practice that still has no place in our world. Thanks to the Organization’s efforts, Andorra, Ireland, Mozambique, Nigeria and Hungary and many other countries have banned it. But there is still so much to do!

Today’s battles. “Today we fight for Toomaj Salehi – we read in a note from Amnesty – the Iranian rapper, sentenced to death for the content of his songs and for supporting the “Donna Vita Libertà” movement. In his passages he calls for freedom for unjustly imprisoned prisoners and an end to repression: for this he risks paying a very high price.”

 
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