It is disturbing how the countries still clinging to execution, such Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, have all put people to death at unprecedented levels,” Chiara Sangiorgio, Amnesty’s death penalty expert, told CNN.”Many governments’ responses to evolving security threats is leading to the unraveling of human rights protections around the world.”

Iran put 977 people to death in 2015, Amnesty says, over 200 more than in 2014, and mostly for “drug-related offences”.

The NGO claims that at least four of these individuals were under 18 at the time of their crime, making their executions a “flagrant breach of international law”.

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