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China executions drop 50% since 2007

2011-12-13 08:05

Beijing - Executions in China have dropped about 50% since 2007 to 4 000 per year, a human rights group estimated on Tuesday.

The number of executions is a state secret in China, but the US-based Dui Hua Foundation based its latest figure on a policy China implemented in 2007 that all death sentences must be confirmed by the Supreme People's Court.

Although Beijing has introduced several initiatives in recent years to limit the application of the death penalty, it is still thought to execute more convicts every year than the rest of the world combined.

"China has made dramatic progress in reducing the number of executions, but the number is still far too high and declining far too slowly," said John Kamm, Dui Hua's executive director.

Comments
  • procold2 - 2011-12-13 08:44

    SA should try out the death sentence again, 2012 will be a bumper year and then in 5yrs time i think we would also drop 50%, either there will be 50% less crimminals or 50% less crime, win both ways

      Rouan - 2011-12-13 08:54

      our country do not have the guts to stand up against their own kind. they are all corrupt bastards

      Fidel - 2011-12-13 11:45

      Until such time that our justice system is improved, we have no business executing would be criminals.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-13 09:02

    Shows that the death penalty works. In the mean time south Africans will continued to get murdered and raped in high numbers.

      Fidel - 2011-12-13 11:44

      It hasn't worked in the US. Canada has less crime in North America and have no such extreme detterence as the ones practised in the US. Crime and violent crime has to do with a country's culture in response to socio-economic status.

  • UweK - 2011-12-13 09:12

    it would explain why china has one of the lowest violent and drug related crime rates per capita....

      Fidel - 2011-12-13 11:40

      How does your theory translate to the US of which this kind of sentencing has had no effect at all as far as changing the perception of criminals regarding violent crime.

  • Ettienne - 2011-12-13 09:28

    The BEST way to reduce the executions is not for China to change their policy but for criminals not to commit the crimes that carry the death sentence. The problem with the world is they are always pointing fingers at the people trying to improve the world, and feeling sorry for the criminals. In SA the criminals have more rights than the victims!

  • johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2011-12-13 09:43

    Population control, out with the bad

  • Christo - 2011-12-13 09:46

    Die doodstraf sal die barbare tweekeer laat dink. Verkragters, moordenaars, ernstigge aanranders, dronk bestuurders, gewoonte misdadigers, veediewe, DRUG DEALERS en sommer mense wat bedrog pleeg soos SHAIK en ZUMA moet ook tereggestel word. Die Chinese kan ingevoer word om die joppie vir ons te kom doen. Dink net die wonderlikke misdaad vrye Suid Afrika sal dit wees sonder al die skuim wat in ons strate en regering dien? Ons sit nou met regters wat dronk bestuur, regters wat verdink word van verkragting, polisie hoofde wat bedrog pleeg, staatshoof wat van bedrog aangekla was? You know all the stories!!!!

  • Carla De Bouchet - 2011-12-13 12:31

    How can this statistic be really credible if the real figures are a state secret? That is what China wants us to hear! Typically trying to make a rosy picture of their civilised savagery called Communism. One has to ask why is it so easy to get executed in China? Maybe if you for instance ask uncomfortable questions about the exploitation of Tibet, your head could possibly roll!

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