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Crime > Death penalty > Abolition date: Countries Compared

Author: James <br>Staff editor

Author: James <br>Staff editor

According to Amnesty International over half of the countries in the world -- a total of 118 -- have now abolished the death penalty, either in law or in practice. Of these, 83 have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and 13 have abolished the death penalty for all but exceptional crimes, such as wartime crimes. A further 22 countries can be considered abolitionist in practice -- although they retain the death penalty in law they have not executed anyone for the past 10 years or more and this appears to be an established policy.

A total of 78 countries and territories retain and use the death penalty, although the number of countries which actually execute prisoners in any one year is much smaller. In 2003, 28 countries carried out executions, with 84% taking place in China, Iran, the USA and Vietnam. People were sentenced to death in 63 countries.

DEFINITION: Amnesty International.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 CyprusCyprus 2,002 2002
2 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire 2,000 2000
3 MaltaMalta 2,000 2000
4 UkraineUkraine 1,999 1999
5 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 1,999 1999
6 LithuaniaLithuania 1,998 1998
7 EstoniaEstonia 1,998 1998
8 CanadaCanada 1,998 1998
9 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 1,998 1998
10 BulgariaBulgaria 1,998 1998
11 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 1,998 1998
12 GeorgiaGeorgia 1,997 1997
13 South AfricaSouth Africa 1,997 1997
14 NepalNepal 1,997 1997
15 PolandPoland 1,997 1997
16 BelgiumBelgium 1,996 1996
17 MauritiusMauritius 1,995 1995
18 MoldovaMoldova 1,995 1995
19 DjiboutiDjibouti 1,995 1995
20 SpainSpain 1,995 1995
21 ItalyItaly 1,994 1994
22 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau 1,993 1993
23 SeychellesSeychelles 1,993 1993
24 AngolaAngola 1,992 1992
25 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 1,992 1992
26 ParaguayParaguay 1,992 1992
27 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 1,990 1990
28 AndorraAndorra 1,990 1990
29 IrelandIreland 1,990 1990
30 HungaryHungary 1,990 1990
31 MozambiqueMozambique 1,990 1990
32 CroatiaCroatia 1,990 1990
33 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 1,990 1990
34 SlovakiaSlovakia 1,990 1990
35 NamibiaNamibia 1,990 1990
36 RomaniaRomania 1,989 1989
37 CambodiaCambodia 1,989 1989
38 SloveniaSlovenia 1,989 1989
39 New ZealandNew Zealand 1,989 1989
40 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 1,987 1987
41 HaitiHaiti 1,987 1987
42 GermanyGermany 1,987 1987
43 AustraliaAustralia 1,985 1985
44 NetherlandsNetherlands 1,982 1982
45 Cape VerdeCape Verde 1,981 1981
46 FranceFrance 1,981 1981
47 LuxembourgLuxembourg 1,979 1979
48 NorwayNorway 1,979 1979
49 NicaraguaNicaragua 1,979 1979
50 DenmarkDenmark 1,978 1978
51 PortugalPortugal 1,976 1976
52 FinlandFinland 1,972 1972
53 SwedenSweden 1,972 1972
54 AustriaAustria 1,968 1968
55 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 1,966 1966
56 MonacoMonaco 1,962 1962
57 HondurasHonduras 1,956 1956
58 IcelandIceland 1,928 1928
59 ColombiaColombia 1,910 1910
60 UruguayUruguay 1,907 1907
61 EcuadorEcuador 1,906 1906
62 Costa RicaCosta Rica 1,877 1877
63 San MarinoSan Marino 1,865 1865
64 VenezuelaVenezuela 1,863 1863

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"All countries compared for Crime > Death penalty > Abolition date", Last updated: 01/04/03. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Death-penalty/Abolition-date

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According to Amnesty International over half of the countries in the world -- a total of 118 -- have now abolished the death penalty, either in law or in practice. Of these, 83 have abolished the death penalty for all crimes and 13 have abolished the death penalty for all but exceptional crimes, such as wartime crimes. A further 22 countries can be considered abolitionist in practice -- although they retain the death penalty in law they have not executed anyone for the past 10 years or more and this appears to be an established policy.

A total of 78 countries and territories retain and use the death penalty, although the number of countries which actually execute prisoners in any one year is much smaller. In 2003, 28 countries carried out executions, with 84% taking place in China, Iran, the USA and Vietnam. People were sentenced to death in 63 countries.

Posted on 23 Mar 2005

James <br>Staff editor

James <br>Staff editor

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Here's some info:

The last civilian execution in Portugal was in 1846.

In 1852, the death penalty was abolished for political crimes. In 1867, for all civilian crimes. In 1870, the law was official for all Portuguese Empire. In 1911, it was abolished for military crimes, altough was reinstated in 1916 because of the first World War.

Actually, there was an execution for treason in 1917, the last death penalty sentence in Portugal.

This was quite polemical, i must say, and it was never repeated, but for some strange reason the death penalty against military crimes in war sets was only abolished in the 1976 constitution.

Posted on 15 May 2013

Hugo

Hugo

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The Former West German Federal Republic explicitly abolished the death penalty right from her inception in 1949. The Constitution (Grundgesetz) stated 'Die Todesstrafe ist abgeschafft.' (The death penalty is abolished.) The later date stated above must be for the German Democratic Republic, the former East Germany.

Posted on 05 Jan 2011

Boomslang

Boomslang

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In Spain, in 1978, the dead penalty was only abolished for ordinary crimes. See http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_dea_pen_abo_for_ord_cri

This page refers to all types of crimes (including military and war crimes).

Posted on 31 May 2006

Victor

Victor

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