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Amnesty criticises countries resorting to death penalty to combat terrorism-related crimes
Human rights body Amnesty International said that countries are increasingly resorting to the death penalty in a flawed attempt to combat terrorism-related crimes.

At least 20 countries sentenced people to death or carried out executions for terrorism-related crimes last year (Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Chad, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, UAE and the USA).

Although the use of the death penalty for such offences is often shrouded in secrecy, in recent years Amnesty International has documented a notable rise in its use.

"The increase we are seeing in the use of the death penalty as a flawed response to terrorism-related crimes betrays a fundamental mistake on the part of authorities - there is no evidence that the death penalty deters violent crime more effectively than other punishments. It is borne out of weakness and expediency rather than strength," said James Lynch, Deputy Director of the Global Issues Programme at Amnesty International.

Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all circumstances, regardless of the crime, the characteristic of the individual or the method of execution. It is the ultimate, cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

The World Day Against the Death Penalty - quick stats · 140 countries worldwide - more than two-thirds - are abolitionist in law or practice; · 103 countries have abolished the death penalty for all crimes; · 58 countries retain the death penalty in law; · 25 countries carried out executions in 2015; · The five top executioners in 2015 were China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the USA.

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