Amnesty International has released a new report, entitled Death Sentences and Executions in 2010.
Asia and the Middle East are the two regions responsible for the most executions worldwide, and a significant portion of those sentences were for drug related crimes.
In the past decade, 31 countries have abolished the death penalty and the United Nations General Assembly has called for a Moratorium on the use of the Death Penalty.
Here in Connecticut, the Judiciary Committee is debating whether to abolish the Death Penalty. Public hearings were held on March 7. More information can be found on the Human Rights Now blog.