More than 2,000 people were executed in 22 countries last year, and another 20,000 have been sentenced to die, but a growing number of nations have turned against the death penalty, Amnesty International said Thursday.
The total of 2,148 known executions was down from 3,797 the previous year, said the London-based human rights group, which opposes the death penalty in all cases.
"There is a global tide against the death penalty which has left us with just the hardened countries still using it," said Amnesty researcher Piers Bannister, who helped compile the organization's latest report on the subject.
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