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Harm Reduction International. (2021) Death penalty for drug offences: global overview 2020. London: Harm Reduction International.

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There were 30 confirmed executions for drug offences in 2020, down from 116 in 2019. All of the executions took place in 3 countries (China, Iran and Saudi Arabia)

  • At least 213 people received a death sentence for drug offences in 2020, up from 183 in 2019.
  • Thirty-five countries still retain the death penalty for drug offences.
  • There are at least 3,000 people currently on death row for drug offences worldwide.
  • Vietnam alone accounted for over a third of all confirmed death sentences for drug offences in 2020.
  • As of October 2020, there were 355 people on death row in Indonesia, of which 214 were convicted for drug offences (a 29% increase from 2019).
  • Singapore did not carry executions for the first time since 2013.
  • Data on the death penalty for drug offences is grossly insufficient, partly due to a lack of information on executions in China and Vietnam (both are reported to routinely execute people for drug offences).
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Crime prevention
Date
April 2021
Publisher
Harm Reduction International
Corporate Creators
Harm Reduction International
Place of Publication
London
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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