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Executions Doubled in '01, Report Finds

April 10, 2002|From Associated Press

GENEVA — The number of known executions around the world doubled last year, with China accounting for 80% of that total during its crackdown on crime, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

In its annual report on the death penalty, the human rights group said at least 3,048 people were executed in 31 countries last year.

That includes 2,468 executions in China. From April to July 2001, China executed at least 1,781 people during its national "strike hard" campaign against crime.

Four countries--China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the United States--were responsible for 90% of the death sentences carried out in 2001, the group said.

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