China executions drop 50% since 2007
Beijing - Executions in China have dropped about 50% since 2007 to 4 000 per year, a human rights group estimated on Tuesday.
The number of executions is a state secret in China, but the US-based Dui Hua Foundation based its latest figure on a policy China implemented in 2007 that all death sentences must be confirmed by the Supreme People's Court.
Although Beijing has introduced several initiatives in recent years to limit the application of the death penalty, it is still thought to execute more convicts every year than the rest of the world combined.
"China has made dramatic progress in reducing the number of executions, but the number is still far too high and declining far too slowly," said John Kamm, Dui Hua's executive director.