Keith B. Richburg has an interesting article about the death penalty in China in Section A of The Washington Post, today.
The focus of the piece is the recent case of Yao Jiaxin — a wealthy music student who committed a murder during a traffic accident. Jiaxin was executed earlier this month for his crime. The article focused on a debate that arose surrounding that execution. Should he be granted clemency because his crime was committed in a fit of passion, and he turned himself in?
What I found fascinating, though, was this statistic:
Number of Executions in 2010, Worldwide Ranking
1. China: 6000, approximately (which is astonishing, since it means almost 20 per day)
2. Iran: 252
3. North Korea: 60
4. Yemen: 53
5. United States: 46
We’re Number 5! The remarkable thing is the company we’re keeping, as a nation.