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Crime > Death penalty > Abolition date: Countries Compared

James, Staff editor

Author: James, 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.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Cyprus 2,002 2002
=2 Cote d'Ivoire 2,000 2000
=2 Malta 2,000 2000
=4 Ukraine 1,999 1999
=4 Turkmenistan 1,999 1999
=6 Lithuania 1,998 1998
=6 Estonia 1,998 1998
=6 Canada 1,998 1998
=6 United Kingdom 1,998 1998
=6 Bulgaria 1,998 1998
=6 Azerbaijan 1,998 1998
=12 Georgia 1,997 1997
=12 South Africa 1,997 1997
=12 Nepal 1,997 1997
=12 Poland 1,997 1997
16 Belgium 1,996 1996
=17 Mauritius 1,995 1995
=17 Moldova 1,995 1995
=17 Djibouti 1,995 1995
=17 Spain 1,995 1995
21 Italy 1,994 1994
=22 Guinea-Bissau 1,993 1993
=22 Seychelles 1,993 1993
=24 Angola 1,992 1992
=24 Switzerland 1,992 1992
=24 Paraguay 1,992 1992
=27 Czech Republic 1,990 1990
=27 Andorra 1,990 1990
=27 Ireland 1,990 1990
=27 Hungary 1,990 1990
=27 Mozambique 1,990 1990
=27 Croatia 1,990 1990
=27 Sao Tome and Principe 1,990 1990
=27 Slovakia 1,990 1990
=27 Namibia 1,990 1990
=36 Romania 1,989 1989
=36 Cambodia 1,989 1989
=36 Slovenia 1,989 1989
=36 New Zealand 1,989 1989
=40 Liechtenstein 1,987 1987
=40 Haiti 1,987 1987
=40 Germany 1,987 1987
43 Australia 1,985 1985
44 Netherlands 1,982 1982
=45 Cape Verde 1,981 1981
=45 France 1,981 1981
=47 Luxembourg 1,979 1979
=47 Norway 1,979 1979
=47 Nicaragua 1,979 1979
50 Denmark 1,978 1978
51 Portugal 1,976 1976
=52 Finland 1,972 1972
=52 Sweden 1,972 1972
54 Austria 1,968 1968
55 Dominican Republic 1,966 1966
56 Monaco 1,962 1962
57 Honduras 1,956 1956
58 Iceland 1,928 1928
59 Colombia 1,910 1910
60 Uruguay 1,907 1907
61 Ecuador 1,906 1906
62 Costa Rica 1,877 1877
63 San Marino 1,865 1865
64 Venezuela 1,863 1863

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"Countries Compared by Crime > Death penalty > Abolition date. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", 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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Interesting observations about Crime > Death penalty > Abolition date

6 of the top 8 countries by death penalty > abolition date are Christian.
8 of the top 11 countries by death penalty > abolition date are European.
2 of the top 3 countries by death penalty > abolition date are Heavily indebted.
2 of the top 3 countries by death penalty > abolition date are European Union.
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2 of the top 3 countries by death penalty > abolition date are Southern European.

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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, Staff editor

James, 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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