03 January 2011 :

Source: Hands Off Cain
At least 5,727executions were carried out in 26 States in 2008.
China: at least 5,000
Iran: at least 346
Saudi Arabia: at least 102
North Korea: at least 63
United States: 37
Pakistan: at least 36
Iraq: at least 34
Vietnam: at least 19
Afghanistan: at least 17 
Japan: 15
Yemen: at least 13
Indonesia: 10
Libya: at least 8
Sudan: at least 5
Bangladesh: 5
Belarus: 4
Somalia: at least 3
Egypt: at least 2
United Arab Emirates: at least 1
Malaysia: at least 1
Mongolia: at least 1
Singapore: at least 1
Syria: at least 1
Bahrain: 1
Botswana: 1
Saint Kitts and Nevis: 1
Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia and Kuwait did not register any executions in 2008 although they put people to death in 2007.
Source: Hands Off Cain
In bold: liberal democracies1 (6) that carried out executions (at least 65)
In italics: the countries that had not carried out any executions in 2007 (3)
1 The classification “liberal democracy” is based on the rigorous analytic standards employed by Freedom House in its Freedom in the World 2009 report on the state of political rights and civil liberties around the world (www.freedomhouse.org).