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According to Amnesty International, 22 countries worldwide carried out the death penalty in 2014. The total number of known executions was "at least 607."
China, which is thought to execute in the thousands yearly, does not make public the number of executions it conducts.
Amnesty lists as death penalty cases those that have passed through a judicial system, in which an accused criminal is condemned by a tribunal for a crime, and then ultimately put to death by the state. Thus, beheadings by ISIL are not "counted."
Of those countries that do, Iran lead the list with 289 executions in 2014. Saudi Arabia was in second place at 90. Rounding out the top three, Iraq executed 60 of its prisoners.
The United States put 35 prisoners to death, and Japan hanged three of its death row inmates.
Source: Asahi Shinbun
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