Amnesty International released its annual report into global capital punishment, and the New York Times read it so I don’t have to. China is far and away the world leader in executing people, although the exact death toll is considered a state secret (one imagines last year’s unrest in Xinjiang led to increased executions), but take a look at the second tier:
The report said at least 714 people were executed in 17 other countries, led by Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the United States. Methods of execution included beheading, stoning, electrocution, hanging, firing squads and lethal injection.
That’s company we wish to keep? Standards of behavior we consider civilized? I’ve never been a big opponent of capital punishment, making this tally all the more discomforting.