Amnesty recorded 1,200 known executions in 2007
According to early statistics published by World Coalition member Amnesty International (AI), 1,252 executions were recorded in 2007 in 24 countries – although the secrecy surrounding the death penalty means that many more lost their lives.
While the global trend is towards a decrease in execution numbers, the number of known executions in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan increased in 2007.
AI found that 88% of all known executions took place in five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA.
The organisation also recorded that 3,347 people were sentenced to death in 51 countries last year and estimates that up to 27,500 people are on death row across the world.