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Death Penalty in 2010: Executing countries left isolated after decade of progress

28 March 2011

Executions recorded by Amnesty International went down from at least 714 people in 2009 to 527 in 2010, not including China.

Death penalty report: China must end secrecy surrounding sentences and executions

30 March 2010

As Amnesty International publishes its world overview of the death penalty for 2009, the organization challenges the Chinese authorities to reveal how many people they execute and sentence to death

Japan continues to execute mentally ill prisoners

10 September 2009

The government of Japan continues to execute prisoners who are mentally ill, according to a new Amnesty International report.

Saudi Arabia - human rights abuses in the name of fighting terrorism

22 July 2009

The Saudi Arabian authorities have launched a sustained assault on human rights under the façade of countering terrorism.

Human rights activists still face repression in the Middle East and North Africa

11 March 2009

A new Amnesty International report details numerous cases of intimidation, harassment, threats, detention without trial, torture and long prison terms after unfair tr

Poverty and the death penalty in Nigeria

21 October 2008

Hundreds of people on death row did not have a fair trial and may be innocent. Amnesty International's new report calls for an immediate moratorium on the death penalt

Saudi Arabia executions disproportionately target foreign nationals

14 October 2008

The government of Saudi Arabia executes an average of more than two people a week - almost half are foreign nationals from poor and developing countries.

Chinese authorities’ broken promises threaten Olympic legacy

28 July 2008

As the Olympic Games begin, Amnesty International's report shows that the Chinese authorities have broken their promise to improve the country’s human rights sit

Guantánamo military commission hearings resume

9 July 2008

Five Guantánamo detainees accused of involvement in the attacks of 11 September 2001 in the USA are due to appear in front of a military judge this week.

Secrecy surrounds death penalty

15 April 2008

At least 1,200 people were executed in 2007 and many more were killed by the state, in secret, in countries including China, Mongolia and Viet Nam.

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