Amnesty International says 2018 saw a dramatic decrease in the number executions across the globe, but named the five countries that killed the most last year.
The island nation is interviewing candidates for two positions amid requests by rights activists not to bring back capital punishment to fight Philippines-inspired war on drugs.
The death sentences were carried out despite calls by international human rights organisation to halt the executions.
Saudi Arabia executes more Pakistanis than any other foreign nationality annually, nearly all for heroin smuggling, according to the study by Justice Project Pakistan and Human Rights Watch.
The World Court said there was a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India if Kulbhushan Jadhav was executed before India's further arguments were heard.
Indonesia resists diplomatic pressure for mercy, plans to hold executions on Friday.
Court in Somalia orders execution of former Al Shabab spokesman accused of killing of six journalists
Amnesty International reports that worldwide executions dramatically rose in 2015, hitting highest level in 25 years
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