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LONDON (Reuters) - Executions rose more than 90 percent to 2,390 last year, with China, Iran , Saudi Arabia , Pakistan and the United States responsible for over 90 percent of those, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
China carried out 72 percent of all executions in 2008, according to Amnesty's figures which it said were drawn from governments, human rights groups, court records and media reports.
"The whole situation (in China) is shrouded in secrecy and the numbers might well be much, much higher," Irene Khan, Amnesty's secretary general, told Reuters, noting that the rise in executions was due in part to a change in the judicial system in China where there was a backlog of cases.