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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Monday, March 15, 2004

China Executes 10,000 p.a: Extraordinary Revelation


Uygur Prisoners"BEIJING: China sentences to death and immediately executes around 10,000 convicted criminals every year, according to a delegate who was seeking to curb the practice at China's just closed parliamentary session."

In an extraordinary revelation Channel News Asia has reported that a delegate to the recently closed National People's Congress claimed some 10,000 are executed annually in China and that this claim was reported in the China Youth Daily

Chen Zhonglin, a National People's Congress (NPC) delegate from Chongqing municipality reportedly proposed a motion urging the Government to review all death sentences at the Supreme People's Court, China's highest court, instead of allowing provincial high courts to issue the execution order.

What is more astonishing is that the figures of annual executions have never been released by the PRC before. They will on occasion highlight executions for particular reasons but not all are documented for public and international consumption. To now have these figures bandied about in an official news site is either a gross error of judgment on behalf of someone at China Youth Daily or an incredible reversal of form and truly something akin to Glasnost.

Previous estimations of ececutions have ranged up to 5,000 per annum