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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 22, 2004

China: A moratorium on the death penalty is urgently required

Amnesty U.S.:

justice "'In spite of positive developments in criminal procedure law, in practice the Chinese criminal justice system is in no condition to offer fair trials, impartiality, or justice. It is unacceptable that thousands more people will be executed this year by a dysfunctional criminal justice system', said the organization."

This article talks of the death Penalty in China and believes the system to be so fundamentally flawed to warrant the cessation of all executions.

China reputedly executes upwards to 10,000 people per year, more than the rest of the world combined. Most are carried out without public knowledge but occasionally some are reported for their deterrent value.

No cases carrying the death penalty currently have automatic recouse to the supreme court of China though there has been of late talk within the government that this is under review.

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