Executions doubled in 2015 due to Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia; 25-year high

April 6, 2016 12:42 PM

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Executions doubled in 2015 due to Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia; 25-year high

LONDON, April 6 (UPI) -- There was a 54 percent increase in executions globally in 2015, the highest recorded number in 25 years, a report released by Amnesty International on Wednesday indicates.

There were 1,634 people executed in 2015 -- a 54 percent increase from 2014. The London-based human rights organization attributed the "alarming surge" of executions to increases in Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, which were responsible for 89 percent of global executions last year.

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