A friend refered me to an interesting article published by Amnesty International.
I have a lot of respect for the organization and what they are doing all over the world. I will provide a few tidbits below for those too lazy to click the link
During 2004, more than 3,797 people were executed in 25 countries and at least 7,395 were sentenced to death in 64 countries, said Amnesty International today.
but here's the shocking part...
A few countries accounted for the majority of executions carried out during 2004. China executed at least 3,400 people, but sources inside the country have estimated the number to be near 10,000.
if you want to find out more you'll just have to follow the link provided above.