Did you know that the United States executed 44 inmates in 2011? Do you think that number is high or low? The answer is relative of course…Pro death penalty supporters would likely say the number is low – anti death penalty supporters would say that even one is too many. How does that number compare to other countries around the world?
We’ve put together a few charts to compare the number of executions globally, methods and trends to give you an idea of what’s going out there. Please keep in mind these are only the “official” figures – unofficial estimates for countries like China and Iran are in the thousands not hundreds.
Information courtesy of Nationmaster.com/AmnestyInternational.org – 2007 figures.
How execution method? Here is how the top 10 death penalty countries do their dirty work:
China – Firing Squad or Lethal Injection – most executions are now by lethal injection in China, however for murders, firing squad is still an option
Iran – Hanging is the primary method of execution, until recently stoning was an alternative method but has been removed from the Islamic Penal Code in 2012.
Saudi Arabia – Beheading is the primary method of execution – however, firing squad and stoning are still allowed in rare instances.
Pakistan – There has been a moratorium on capital punishment in Pakistan since 2008 – however, before that hanging was the only method of execution.
Congo – Beheading and hanging
Egypt – Hanging for civilians and firing squad for military offenders.
United States – lethal injection is the primary method of execution, however, a few states like Utah, allow inmates a choice between lethal injection and firing squad.
Iraq – Hanging
Taiwan – Firing squad
Vietnam – Lethal injection