07 January 2008 :

At least 5,494 executions were carried out in 24 states in 2005. 
China: at least 5,000 (approximately 8, 000 according to Liu Renwen, a scholar at the Law Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)
Iran: at least 113 executions
Saudi Arabia: at least 90
Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North): exact number unknown, but estimated to be at least 75
United States: 60
Pakistan: 42 (3 of which ordered by tribal juries)
Vietnam: at least 27
Jordan: 15
Mongolia: at least 8
Uganda: 8
Singapore: 8
Kuwait: at least 7
Yemen: at least 7
Libya: at least 6
Palestinian Authority: 5
Bangladesh: at least 5
Sudan: at least 4
Iraq: 3
Taiwan*: 3
Belarus: 2
Indonesia: 2
Uzbekistan: at least 2
Japan: 1
Somalia: at least 1
Egypt, Tajikistan, Lebanon, Afghanistan and India did not register any executions in 2005 although they put people to death in 2004.
In bold: liberal democracies1 (5) that carried out executions (74)
In italics: the countries that had not carried out any executions in 2004
*Non-UN member states

1 The classification “liberal democracy” is based on the rigorous analytic standards employed by freedom house in its freedom in the world 2006 report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world (see www.freedomhouse.org)