Given the increase or resumption of executions in countries including Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, this inquiry into Australia’s advocacy efforts for worldwide abolition of the death penalty by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is particularly relevant. Many of those executions were for drug offences, including the 14 individuals executed so far this year in Indonesia, and in 2014, over 40% of the officially announced executions in Iran (122 of 289 individuals), 46% of the reported executions in Saudi Arabia (42 of 90 individuals), 8% of the recorded executions in China, and the two individuals executed in Singapore that year. In Vietnam, 80% of the people receiving a death sentence in 2014 were convicted of a drug offence.

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