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Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is an international issue that many find controversial. The notion that a government can have a right to kill someone, regardless of the reason, is abhorrent to many social and political groups. Some justice systems conduct unfair trials, may execute someone for political gain, or have corrupt or discriminatory court systems based on opposition to race, religion, or sexuality. Accused may be convicted of a crime, but found out to be innocent later. The death penalty does not allow mistakes to be fixed since those wronged are deceased.
Excluding the undisclosed numbers from some countries, 690 people were executed in 2018 under the death penalty. By the end of 2018, a total of 106 countries had completely abolished the death penalty and organizations like Amnesty International hope to grow that number. Once again excluding the undisclosed countries, 75% of all executions take place in just four countries, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, and Iraq.
Amnesty International. (n.d.). Why Amnesty opposes the death penalty without exception. https://www.amnesty.org/en/what-we-do/death-penalty/