Global executions saw a small drop last year, but large numbers of those given the death penalty were convicted for non-violent crimes, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
In 2017, 23 countries carried out 993 executionsaround the world – not including the thousands of death sentences and executions believed to have been imposed and implemented in China, where figures remain a state secret.
We take a look at all the latest figures on executions around the world to see which country is carrying out the most, and what are the changing circumstances around the deaths.
Which countries executed the most people?
Many countries, including China do not release figures on capital punishment, so while Iran tops the official list – it is believed the Chinese figure is in the thousands. In Iran at least 507 people were executed – 501 men and six women.
At least five of these were aged under 18 at the time of the alleged crime, and are therefore classed as juvenile offenders. Of the executions, 31 in Iran were carried out publicly. 13 were for convictions of “enmity against god”.