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Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions

Headline Title:  Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions 27 March 2014   Iran and Iraq caused a sharp global spike in the number of executions carried out in 2013, bucking the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty, Amnesty International found in its annual review of the death penalty worldwide.   Alarming levels of executions in an isolated group of countries in 2013 - mainly the two Middle Eastern states - saw close to 100 more people put to death around the world compared to the previous year, a jump of almost 15 per…

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