February 28, 2006
China executes about 8,000 people a year, or 22 a day and yet they don't have too many candlelight vigils going on. The judiciary is trying to better regulate executions and bring the system out into the open:
China, which executes more people than any other country, is to hold open hearings for a large number of death penalty appeals in an effort to better regulate executions, a legal scholar said Monday. From the second half of 2006, all death penalty appeals which go to a provincial high court will be heard publicly, a departure from the usual practice of closed reviews and investigations, said Liu Renwen, a scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences...This latter part refers to the announcement last October that the Supreme People's Court is struggling to re-assert control over capital punishment in response to widespread outrage at arbitrary sentencing. What is missing from the debate is the pros and cons of capital punishment. The article notes:
Some 68 crimes in China can incur the death penalty, about half of which are non-violent offences, Liu said.posted by Simon on 02.28.06 at 09:13 AM in the China law category.
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I always think it is quite menaingless to quote the number in absolute values for china
what matters most when one compares China with other countries in the world is 'per capita' measure.
what concerns me most is that many innocents were executed (and these are not politically related), because of the incomptence and corruption locally. and this is actually related to your question of whether 'capital punishment' should be abolished. (such cases also happens in even the US, though at a much lower frequency)
p.s. one of the 68 crimes include corruption with bribes over a certain amount of money (1M RMB or so).posted by: sun bin on 02.28.06 at 10:35 AM [permalink]
Every day you have 22 families to explain that what matters is "per capita" rate. Enjoy.
Enzoposted by: Enzo on 03.01.06 at 12:46 AM [permalink]
Great point, Enzo. But let's use per capita rates. The USA has about 1/4 the population of China. They don't execute 6 people a day in the US.posted by: Simon on 03.01.06 at 08:07 AM [permalink]
of course they don't.
but that makes it comparable and helps to set more realistic target for china.