The Death of Us

Amnesty International yesterday released a report on the number of executions last year: at least 1,200 people were hung, decapitated, shot, electrocuted or lethally injected last year in twenty-four countries, and 3,347 more went to death row.  Eighty-eight per cent of executions took place in the usual suspects: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the United States.  At a minimum, 540 people were executed in China, and AI estimates this figure is lowballed, because the number of executions in China is a state secret.  Apparently the actual number might prove embarrassing to the Chinese government in the run up to the Olympics is a political and social matter internal to China.

The full report is here.

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