Great news, world citizens, 2018 saw a 31 percent decrease in executions, according to Amnesty International’s annual review of countries using the death penalty. Excluding China, 690 people are known to have been executed around the world, a decline on 2017’s 993.
But, as Statista’s Niall McCarthy notes, China is the world’s top executioner by far and it’s believed that thousands of people are put to death every despite accurate figures remaining a state secret.
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Iran comes second after China with 253 people thought to have been executed last year. That is still a significant reduction on 2017 when more than 500 people had their death sentences carried out. The decline in Iran has been attributed
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