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BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 06 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1852

More than 700 people executed in 2009: At least 714 people were executed in 18 countries in 2009 and a further 2001 people were sentenced to death in 56 countries, says Amnesty International. However, the estimates exclude the thousands of executions that were likely to have taken place in China—where such information remains a state secret. The worst offenders were Iran (at least 388 executions), Iraq (120), Saudi Arabia (69), and the United States (52).

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