This really is the strangest country, isn’t it?
The United States placed fifth overall on a list of nations that executed the most people in 2011, according to human rights advocacy group Amnesty International.
Amnesty, which compiles its report every year, opposes capital punishment in all circumstances, regardless of allegations against those facing the death penalty.
It noted that the U.S. shares its dubious ranking with countries like China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which round out the top five. China was by far the worst offender, and the group said it suspects that thousands were executed last year, but they could not provide an estimate because those numbers are suppressed.