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Amnesty International Reports Drop In Belarus’s Executions In 2017

Human rights group Amnesty International reported a decrease in executions around the world and particularly in Belarus.

A total of 993 executions were implemented in 23 countries in 2017.

A number of executions has dropped 4% from the previous year and 39% from record-high 2016, when 1,032 executions were recorded.

In Europe and Central Asia, Belarus was the only country to execute people.

Amnesty International recorded two death sentences in 2017 compared to four in 2016.

Read also: Europe urges Belarus to ban death penalty. Again

Last year, a death sentence was imposed on Sergei Ostrikov for raping and killing two women.

Another criminal, Kirill Kazachok, was executed for the murder of his two his children.

5 Death Sentences Handed Down In Belarus In 2017 – Supreme Court Of Belarus

According to the latest information, at the moment five people expect their death penalties to be carried out.

Most executions took place in China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan.

Nevertheless the organization warns those numbers do not tell the whole story.

Read also: Abolition of death penalty in Belarus is a matter of political will – PACE

True extent of the use of the death penalty in China, which is the world’s top executioner, is unknown as this data is classified as a state secret.

On the plus side, last year 106 countries had abolished the death penalty in law for all crimes and 142 countries – in law or in practice.

The following methods of execution were used across the world in 2017: beheading, hanging, lethal injection and shooting. Public executions were carried out in Iran.