Death Penalty for Drug Offenses

"Although the number of countries retaining the death penalty for drugs did not change in 2020, the implementation of this measure has changed significantly, insomuch as – if capitalised upon – 2020 could represent a watershed moment for the death penalty for drugs. Most significantly, the number of minimum confirmed executions has dropped to 30. For comparison, at least 116 people were executed for drug offences in 2019. This is only a partial figure, due to a widespread lack of transparency on executions and the complete unavailability of figures on China and Vietnam; nevertheless, this is, by far, the lowest recorded number since HRI started reporting on this issue in 2007."


Ajeng Larasati and Giada Girelli, The Death Penalty for Drug Offences: Global Overview 2020," Harm Reduction International, 2021.