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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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

China Orders Less Executions

China Study Group:

justice"if it's possible to execute fewer people, then execute fewer people,' a judicial source quoted the directive by security chief Luo Gan as saying on Tuesday.
if it's possible not to execute people, then don't execute people.'"

If true what a remarkable statement.

It is estimated China executes some 5,000 people a year and it is claimed they execute more people per annum then the rest of the world combined.

Since 1997 they are believed to have executed some 220 Uygurs for political dissent and alleged "terrorism" and there have been more executions in Xinjiang then anywhere else in China.

What would be behind such a statement? Graphic demonstration of a "New China"? "Politicking" ahead of this month's U.N. Human rights conference in Geneva?

Who knows but let us hope it demonstrates a change of heart in a regime that quickly resorts to a bullet in the head to solve it's problems.