China may have executed nearly 8,000 inmates in 2006: Amnesty
Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 06:05 EDT
ROME — Amnesty International said Friday that at least 1,591 prisoners were executed by their own governments in 25 countries last year, but China, which accounted for about two-thirds of the total, may have actually executed nearly 8,000 prisoners.
At a press conference in Rome, Amnesty's Secretary General Irene Khan said China's capital punishment system will be exposed to the world at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and that the international pressure will help bring about a change. According to the organization's Annual Death Penalty Statistics, China accounted for the largest number of known executions at 1,010, followed by Iran at 177 and Pakistan at 82. (Kyodo News)