It is hard to believe that in the 21st century the death penalty still exists. Some countries are still using this controversial form of punishment and the crimes that deserve such a punishment differ from country to country.
Some countries have such merciless laws that homosexuality or offending a government official would mean losing one’s life. Sadly, the numbers are painfully high, with some nations executing more than 1,000 people every year.
Jordan is still practicing capital punishment, however, in 2006 the authorities agreed to decrease the number of capital offences from 16 to 10. Now, if you live in Jordan you can lose your head for crimes like rape, drug trafficking, espionage, treason, murder and terrorism.
The method of execution used to be shooting, but now it’s hanging.
Even though Jordan had a moratorium on capital punishment, which meant there were no executions in the period between June 2006 and December 2014, the punishment was reinstated and 13 people were executed since then. The country continued issuing death penalties and handed 122 more in that period. Interestingly, the public considered reinstating death penalty a good idea because the general opinion is that the crime rate was on the rise precisely because there was no fear of death penalty. However, human rights organizations strongly judged this decision. Many believe that Jordan made a step backwards when reinstating death penalty.
On 21 December 2014, 11 people were hanged after they had previously been convicted of murder in 2005 and 2006. Moreover, in February this year, two more people, including a female jihadist, were executed on terrorist offence charges after the murder of a Jordanian pilot.