Despite some disappointing setbacks in 2012, the global trend towards ending the death penalty continued. 2012 saw the resumption of executions in several countries that had not used the death penalty in some time, notably India, Japan, Pakistan and Gambia, as well as an alarming escalation in executions in Iraq. 682 executions in 21 countries were recorded in 2012
(28 countries in 2003).
Publisher: Amnesty International