By John Lee.
A report from Amnesty International USA says that Iraq had the world’s fourth highest rate of executions in 2014.
China again carried out more executions than the rest of the world put together; Amnesty International believes thousands are executed and sentenced to death there every year, but with numbers kept a state secret the true figure is impossible to determine.
The other countries making up the world’s top five executioners in 2014 were Iran (289 officially announced and at least 454 more that were not acknowledged by the authorities), Saudi Arabia (at least 90), Iraq (at least 61) and the USA (35).
The report added that death sentences in Iraq are often handed down following grossly unfair trials.
(Source: Amnesty International USA)