2015 – The Year of the Drug Execution

Following up after a bit of delay due to other life issues:

2015 is over, and it turns out to have been a year where 552 people were executed for drug related crimes – 41% of the total people executed.  Most of these were in Iran and Saudi Arabia.  But, Indonesia made waves with 16 executions in two batches in January and April, which included mostly foreigners, including two of the Bali Nine from Australia.

Month Executions Drugs Rate
Jan-15 104 49 47.12%
Feb-15 97 45 46.39%
Mar-15 143 52 36.36%
Apr-15 160 73 45.63%
May-15 165 75 45.45%
Jun-15 137 73 53.28%
Jul-15 77 30 38.96%
Aug-15 116 33 28.45%
Sep-15 85 35 41.18%
Oct-15 84 17 20.24%
Nov-15 77 32 41.56%
Dec-15 94 38 40.43%
Totals 1339 552 41.22%

If the US had executed drug traffickers at the same rate, that would have been an additional 12 executions – on top of the 28 murders executed.