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Death Penalty by country

According to Amnesty International only ten percent of countries in the world carried out the death penalty in 2011. According to the Associated Press the US was the only Western democracy to carry out the death penalty in 2011. For a country that espouses being the leader of the free world it has some strange company in terms of how it conducts its justice. Here is a list of the top 11 countries in the world by the number of people it put to death in 2011:

  1. China – 1000s
  2. Syria – unknown
  3. Malaysia – unknown
  4. Iran – 360+
  5. Saudi Arabia – 82+
  6. Iraq – 68+
  7. USA – 43
  8. Yemen – 41+
  9. North Korea – 30
  10. Somalia – 10
  11. Sudan – 7+
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