It is estimated by human rights groups that China executes more people per annum than all other executions carried out by all other nations which still carry out the punishment, combined.
Approximately 5,000 people were put to death during 2009, a figure which is down by 1,000 deaths in 1997. The most common form of execution is being shot in the head. 1 in 10 executions are carried out for non violent crimes and financial crime.
It is thought that many more executions are carried out, and it is unsure whether or not those killed had a fair trial and if they were guilty, as China’s judicial system is a little-known process and is not fully known by people in China and outside its borders.