A magnitude of executions and death sentences in Vietnam shocking, a new report says

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The magnitude of executions in Vietnam in recent years is truly shocking, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International said. The organization 2016 global review of the death penalty “Death Sentence and Executions 2016” published today.

The 54 page report covers the judicial use of the death penalty for the period January to December 2016 in 55 countries. There authors of the report observed a 37% decrease in the number of executions carried out globally in 2016 as against the previous year.

Although the new report emphasizes an issue of China’s horrifying use of the death penalty it reveals also that the scale of the executions in other Asian countries like Vietnam and Malaysia was even higher than thought.

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Vietnam has secretly been the world’s third biggest executioner over the last three years.

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According to the Amnesty International report Vietnam has secretly been the world’s third biggest executioner over the last three years.

“Viet Nam’s Ministry of Public Security, which was first published by a national media outlet in February 2017, 429 prisoners were executed between 8 August 2013 and 30 June 2016, at an average rate of 147 executions per year”, report says.

The authors of the report admitted that it is impossible to determine an accurate figure for the number of death sentences in the country in 2016 only but called the situation “a truly alarming picture.”

Only China and Iran executed more people during that period.

In Malaysia, a parliamentary pressure in 2016 led to revelations that more than a thousand people are on death row, with nine people executed in 2016 alone – much more than previously thought.
“The government told Parliament that, since 2010, 12 people had been executed and 829 sentenced to death and that 95 others had received either a pardon or had their death sentences commuted”, the Amnesty report authors indicated.
Malaysian government, according to the same report, also stated that, as of 30 April 2016, 1,042 people – 629 Malaysian and 413 foreign nationals – were under sentence of death for murder, drug trafficking, firearms trafficking or kidnapping.

The authors of the Amnesty report emphasized that in Viet Nam, data on the use of the death penalty is classified as a state secret. Therefore figures on the use of the death penalty presented in the report are minimum figures. The true figures are likely to be higher.

(Amnesty, pht)

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