In the Americas, the death penalty has been almost entirely banned. Since Cuba ceased executions in 2003, only two countries in the region have carried out a death sentence. One is the United States, which routinely appears in Amnesty International’s list of the world’s top 5 executioners.
The other outlier in the Americas? The tiny Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis.
The Anglophone island nation executed Charles Laplace in Dec. 2008 for the murder of his wife, reported the Guardian. The circumstances of Laplace’s execution raised criticism from human rights groups and local politicians about a lack of due process in Laplace’s trial. But despite such concerns, the country reiterated its support of the death penalty after a 2011 review.
Although the US and St. Kitts and Nevis are the only American countries to carry out executions recently, several other nations retain their capital punishment laws, including Cuba, Guatemala, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana. Mexico and Argentina most recently abolished the death penalty, in 2005 and 2008 respectively.