Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The US Remains in Good Company

The CBC notes the release of Amnesty International's report of worldwide executions in 2007. The top five executors in the world:

China (at least 470).
Iran (at least 317).
Saudi Arabia (at least 143).
Pakistan (at least 135).
U.S. (42).

According to the report, 88% of the world's executions in 2007 took place in these five countries. Saudia Arabia carried out the most executions per capita, while Iran, Saudia Arabia and Yemen violated international law by executing people younger than 18.
The organization estimates at least 1,252 people were executed in 24 countries, and that up to 27,500 people are estimated to be on death row around the world.

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