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Death penalty reportReport: The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2015

Since bring launched in 2007, HRI's death penalty project has been the leading global resource on the issue of the death penalty for drug offences. In this new fourth edition of HRI's 'Global Overview' series, HRI updates our previous research on the death penalty for drugs in law and practice worldwide, and also considers critical developments on the issue.

While the report notes that there still are a troubling number of governments with capital drug laws, in practice very few states actually execute people for drugs. The number of people killed for drug-related offences is high but only because China, Iran and Saudi Arabia are aggressive executioners. The reality is that those governments that kill for drugs are an extreme fringe of the international community.