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EXECUTION RATES FINALLY STARTING TO RECOVER ACROSS THE MIDDLE EAST
March 31 2012
Riyadh, Saudi, Arabia – There was a moment, perhaps little more than a dream, that the revolts across North Africa and the Middle East would lead to a renewed optimism across the region, perhaps a sea change that could eventually completely change the fortunes of everyone in the region. That, at least so far, hasn’t really happened.
Perhaps if the revolts had gone the way of Egypt and Tunisia we might have had something, but that didn’t happen. Instead the revolts stalled in Libya and pretty much have come an end in Syria. There are no great stories anymore, no more tales of a people rising up and upsetting their government the likes of which the world had started to enjoy. Now it’s just death and misery.
In some areas, particularly countries that avoided their own revolutions, there has been a palpable fear that such chaos could come to their borders. That has forced many leaders in those countries to implement reforms and change the ways things are done, putting a lot of people on edge and not allowing life to get back to normal. Now though, at least according to a report by Amnesty International, that appears to have started to change, particularly in the field of executions which are now approaching pre-revolt levels for the first time in a long time.
“We are seeing a major surge in a number of countries throughout the region including Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, and even as far East as Iran. The numbers are rivalling and in some case surpassing the numbers we are used to seeing in many of these countries, sometimes even increasing from peaceful years,” said an Amnesty International spokesperson. “We obviously prefer that people aren’t executed by these numbers do show that things are starting to settle down. Governments wouldn’t be risking executions while fighting revolts. Executions are preferable, always, to shelling people in their homes.”
Syria is the only country which has seen an increase in such shellings, and a reduction in the number of executions, though numbers are sketchy in that country owing to all the blood on official paperwork.
The United States currently sits are number five in the world with 43 executions, a slight decline from the previous year.
“In many ways this is a good sign, especially for the governments of these countries. It shows a confidence that things are getting back to normal. They wouldn’t have had the same degree of confidence in cutting off people’s heads if they felt a revolution could happen at any moment,” said Scrape TV Middle East analyst David Gershwin. “That in itself shows how much the world has changed. In days past they would have gone on execution sprees if they felt people were thinking about revolt but now they are scared of them, scared of the people, which is a kind of win for the people itself.”
It’s believed that execution numbers will reach pre-revolt numbers sometime next year, provided of course nothing else happens.
“Obviously no one wants to execute people, even in these countries, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do and that includes chopping off a few heads here and there. Now they will finally be able to do that the way they have for so many years and that’s a good thing,” continued Gershwin. “I’m sure it’s also a sign that other things in the country are starting to normalize which means a lot less violence for a lot of people, unless of course they are being executed. That’s usually pretty violent. ”
Egypt, following their revolution, is expected to return to normal within a year or so.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent