On Barr's order, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has scheduled executions
for five people all convicted 15 years ago or more in brutal murders that involved children.
The 690 executions
is also the lowest figure recorded by the charity in a decade.
The global figure of at least 690 excludes the thousands of executions
believed to have been carried out in China
The state with the second-highest number of executions
, Virginia, has racked up 113, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
worldwide dropped in 2017, with at least 993 recorded in 23 countries - down 4% from the year before.
The Ohio government called off the execution
of a 69-year-old convicted murderer while it was under way on Wednesday because officials could not find a suitable vein in the inmate, who is sick with cancer and other diseases, state officials said.
(16) In 2008, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the traditional three-drug protocol (sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and potassium chloride) used by many states for executions
in Baze v.
The valium-like drug has been used in executions
in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arizona that took longer than usual or were botched.
But because of China's huge population, Iran's rate of executions
remained higher than China's.
According to press release, in its letter to the premier, HRCP highlighted that this was the third time that execution
warrants had been issued for Abdul Basit.
Arkansas hasn't executed an inmate since 2005, largely because of court challenges to its lethal injection law and a shortage of execution