US places fourth in bumper year for executions

Amnesty International said it had confirmed that 3,797 people were known to have been executed in 2004. The partial rankings:

  1. China – 3400
  2. Iran – 159
  3. Vietnam – 64
  4. United States – 59

But “‘[m]any countries continue to execute people in secret,’ [Amnesty’s UK director Kate] Allen said.”

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