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Death sentences and executions in 2014!


Death sentences increased, while executions decreased but Iran still executing juvenile offenders, drugs smugglers and opposition activists - in secret!

55 countries are known to have

sentenced at least 2,466 people to death in 2014 – a 28% increase from 2013. This is mainly due to a spike in death sentences in Egypt and Nigeria. By the end of the year, at least 19,094 people worldwide were sentenced to death.

We recorded 607 executions in 22 countries in 2014 - a decrease of 22% compared wtih 2013. 22 countries carried out executions: the same number as last year.

Iran: Still executing juvenile offenders, drugs smugglers and opposition activists - in secret!

The Iranian government claims it executed 289 people in 2014; reliable sources inform us that the figure is at least 743. Executions were sometimes carried out in secret, with some prisoners' family and lawyers finding out afterwards, and the Iranian government refusing to return their loved one's body.

At least 14 people executed by Iran last year were under 18 at the time their crime was allegedly committed - Iran continues to ignore international laws that outlaw executing juvenile offenders.

The Iranian authorities executed numerous prisoners for 'non serious' crimes - such as drugs offences, 'insulting the prophet', 'enmity against God', and being a member of an armed opposition group. Many trials that resulted in death sentences did not meet international standards for fair trials.