Rights groups call on leaders to abolish penalty entirely

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The US is seventh in the world in terms of executions

Ten Iranian citizens were sentenced to death with no reprieve in January 2010 – they may have since been executed. At least 66 Filipino citizens were given death sentences for drug smuggling in January 2010, nine with no reprieve – the nine may have since been executed. A Russian woman was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on November 23, 2011, which brought the number of Russian nationals on China’s death row for drug trafficking to seven. According to a media report in 2011, at least 79 Filipinos were on China’s death row, mostly for drug trafficking. A 53-year-old South Korean national received the death penalty in 2012 for drug trafficking, becoming the third South Korean to be sentenced to death in China. A media report in September 2012 confirmed that a New Zealand citizen had been arrested in 2009 for a drug offense and sentenced to death with a two-year-reprieve. The prisoner had been trying to get his death penalty commuted to life imprisonment, but he may have since been executed. Mark Warren indicated in January 2013 that there had been reports of 3 Japanese, at least 1 South Korean, 2 Nepali, 10 Iranians, and 1 South African national on death row.

Greta Lindecrantz is a Mennonite — a Protestant sect that strongly opposes capital punishment

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Individuals Below Age 18 At Time of Crime.
The Criminal Law bans the death penalty against juvenile offenders who were below the age of 18 at the time of the crime.

'I know Tricia and Kevin would not want him to be executed', says Kent Whitaker

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Economic Crimes Not Resulting in Death.
Graft and bribery are punishable by death if particularly large sums of money or property value are involved. A person who embezzles more than 100,000 yuan is subject to the death penalty, “if the circumstances are especially serious.” Illegal trade, manufacture or transport of nuclear materials or other weapons can be death-eligible if the circumstances are “serious.”

In 2011, 13 other non-violent, economic crimes such as smuggling cultural relics and precious metals, robbing ancient cultural ruins, and engaging in fraudulent activities with financial bills or letters of credit were removed from the list of death-eligible crimes.

Information current as of: April 10, 2014

Drug Trafficking Not Resulting in Death.
Use of arms or violence to cover up drug trafficking crimes or to resist arrest or detention is punishable by death. A death sentence may also be imposed when opium of not less than 1000 grams, heroin or methylaniline of not less than 50 grams, or other narcotic drugs of large quantities are involved. Participants in international drug smuggling, leaders of trafficking groups, or government officials who divert state-controlled drugs for illegal sale may also be punished by death.

People’s Republic of China (China).

No. While Roger Hood indicates that the death penalty is mandatory for hijacking causing death and kidnapping causing death, Article 63 of China’s Criminal Law provides when the law does not specifically authorize a lesser punishment for a crime, the Supreme People’s Court may mitigate any punishment under special circumstances.

Arson Not Resulting in Death.
A person who commits arson, thereby inflicting serious injury or causing heavy property loss, is subject to the death penalty.