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List: Top Ten Countries by Number of Executions

Date: 2008

Source: Amnesty International

Base: All countries performing state sanctioned executions.

Notes: According to Amnesty more than 2,390 people were killed by countries around the world in 2008. More than 70 per cent of the total were carried out by China, with Iran coming in as second most blood thirsty nation. Belarus was the only country in Europe that executed people - it sent to death 4 people during the year.

A '+' symbol represents minimum figure.

Rank - Country

Number Executed

1. China

1,716

2. Iran

346+

3. Saudi Arabia

102+

4. USA

37

5. Pakistan

36+

6. Iraq

34+

7. Vietnam

19+

8. Afghanistan

17

9. North Korea

15+

10. Japan

15


 
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