The death penalty around the world
Here's some good noose
Capital punishment currently remains in place in 23 countries, with China still believed to be the "world's top executioner", according to the rights group's 2017 report.
Here is an overview:
Death penalty decline
The latest were Guinea and Mongolia which in 2017 abolished capital punishment for all crimes, while Guatemala outlawed it for civil crimes only.
Only Somalia and South Sudan carried out executions in 2017 compared with five countries in the region in 2016.
Burkina Faso, Chad, Kenya and The Gambia, meanwhile, took measures to end the use of capital punishment by adopting new legislation or introducing bills.
Amnesty's numbers do not include the "thousands" it says are believed to have been executed in China, which classifies this information as a state secret.
Excluding China, Amnesty says Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Pakistan -- in that order -- carried out 84 percent of all executions in 2017. Compared with the previous year, the figures were down by 31 percent in Pakistan and 11 percent in Iran.
Iran carried out around 30 executions in public.
Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates took up executions again in 2017.