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Death Penalty in the Arab World 2013/2014

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Many countries in the MENA-region are still struggling in the aftermath of the Arabic Spring. Some transitional governments have developed a less-than-stellar reputation in regards to human rights, including the practice of the death penalty and following executions with problematic legal procedures and penal system.

Although the death penalty is still enacted and enforced in most countries in the region, there have been some mixed trends during the years 2013-14. While the number of countries that executed people in 2014 has gone up, the total numbers of executions has gone down noticeably, but at the same time the total number of death sentences has gone up quite drastically, mostly because of unfair mass sen­tences in Egypt.

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