Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Company We Keep

We need to abolish the death penalty as a matter of foreign policy.

USA TODAY - Kim Hjelmgaard
Dramatic rise in number of global executions

"At least 1,634 civilians were executed by governments last year using various methods, an increase of 50% compared to the year before, Amnesty said. Although 90% of those killings took place in just three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia."

"The numbers exclude China, where these data remain a state secret, although Amnesty said thousands were almost certainly killed there in 2015 by the government."

"The top five places where executions occurred last year — in order by volume — were China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States."

See also an older article on Abolishing the Death Penalty in Ohio