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China 'gold medal' for executions
Amnesty said the hidden extent of executions in China, where figures are secret, might mean the Olympic host was behind the bulk of them worldwide.
"The veil of secrecy surrounding the death penalty must be lifted," it said.
At least 1,252 people are known to have been executed in 24 countries in 2007,
a slight drop on the previous year.
Just five countries - China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the US - were responsible for 88% of known executions in the world, Amnesty said.
About 3,347 people were sentenced to death in 51 nations last year and up to 27,500 people are now estimated to be on death row.
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