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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.

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Criminal's Human Rights To Be Respected

Justice in ChinaIs it the translation or does it show just how badly prisoners sentenced to death in China are treated when Xiao Yang, president of the Supreme People's Court of China has to urge all Chinese judges to respect criminals' human rights

'Judges must strictly follow legal procedures when depriving or putting limitations on criminals' rights. Even if criminals are sentenced to death, they should not be humiliated.'

That aside senior Chinese judges have for some time now been sending the message down the line to give fairer treatment to detainees, arrested persons and convicted criminals.

Whilst stopping short of Habeas Corpus they have for example been urging over the last six months or so that detainees be officially charged and brought to trial within a "reasonable" period and that defense lawyers get "reasonable' access to their clients. It is not unknown for defense lawyers to meet their clients for the first time at the actually court case even for serious charges.

To be a criminal of any ilk in China is to be the lowest of the low so such attention to this class of person's human rights perhaps is indicative of some real and positive cultural change in Chinese society.

Criminal Human rights To Be Protected Xinhuanet - English 18/6/04:::