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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.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Corrupt official gets death penalty

China: Official CorruptionCorruption in China is a major problem of that there can be no doubt. It's claws and tentacles permeate the very fabric of Chinese society and adversely impacts upon human rights.

China's apparent "crackdown" and focus on official corruption can only be praised and encouraged.

That having been said the use of capital punishment in the case of persons convicted of corruption, official or otherwise, as in the case of the official recounted in the linked article, can not be advocated despite Beijing's belief that it provides a very powerful deterrent.

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