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These Are The 10 Countries With The Highest Rates Of Execution

Statistics via Cornell University School of Law and Amnesty International. Numbers are state executions in 2013.

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Figures that include a "+" indicate that Amnesty International believes there have been more executions than the officially reported number.

1. China: thousands

Legal means of execution: firing squad, lethal injection
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Legal means of execution: firing squad, lethal injection

2. Iran: 369+

Legal means of execution: hanging, firing squad
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Legal means of execution: hanging, firing squad

3. Iraq: 169+

Legal means of execution: hanging, shooting
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Legal means of execution: hanging, shooting

4. Saudia Arabia: 79+

Legal means of execution: beheading
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Legal means of execution: beheading

5. North Korea: 70+

Legal means of execution: not specified
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Legal means of execution: not specified

6. United States: 39

Legal means of execution: lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, firing squad
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Legal means of execution: lethal injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, firing squad

7. Somalia: 34+

Legal means of execution: firing squad
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Legal means of execution: firing squad

8. Sudan: 21+

Legal means of execution: hanging, stoning, "in the same manner in which the offender caused death"
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Legal means of execution: hanging, stoning, "in the same manner in which the offender caused death"

9. Yemen: 13+

Legal means of execution: shooting, stoning
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Legal means of execution: shooting, stoning

10. Japan: 8

Legal means of execution: not specified
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Legal means of execution: not specified

This data is based on the findings of Amnesty International's most recent study, in 2013.

According to this report, "Since 2009 Amnesty International stopped publishing its estimates on the use of the death penalty in China, where such data is considered a state secret." In countries where there is political instability, including as Egypt, Malaysia, North Korea, and Syria, access to accurate numbers is limited.

Learn more about the death penalty here.

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