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  1. Your primer to an issue in the news

    Posted Nov 18th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff writer Who? British author Alan Shadrake has been sentenced to six weeks in a Singapore jail for contempt of court after publishing a book which criticised the city's use of the death penalty. He has also been fined S$20,000 (HK$119,000). What? ...

  2. Ex-official takes rape case claim to capital

    Posted Jul 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... People's Political Consultative Conference in a hotel in Guiyang, the provincial capital. The woman went to Guiyang police about five months later after she believed she had collected enough ...

  3. Use of capital punishment may be reduced

    Posted May 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... they will help prepare the ground for a reduction in the use of capital punishment, mainland legal experts said. The suspended death sentence has become a common punishment for high-ranking mainland ... at making punishment more severe, and hence more appropriate, for serious crimes,' Bian said. 'This will also help us move away from use of capital punishment for these cases.' ...

  4. Evidence guidelines ban torture in capital cases

    Posted May 31st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Tze-wei Beijing has introduced key guidelines on evidence aimed at stopping the use of torture to obtain confessions in the most serious cases. Their release was expedited after the wrongful imprisonment of a Henan farmer brought the criminal justice s ...

  5. Life after death?

    Posted Mar 12th 2011, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill Late last month, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress reduced by 13 the number of offences punishable by death, lowering the figure to 55. It was the first time in 32 years that the legislature had cut the number of capital offences and a victory for campaigners who want to abolish the death penalty. The 13 include offences related ...

  6. Amnesty criticises widespread use of capital punishment

    Posted Mar 25th 2009, 12:00am by Kelly Chan

    ... is no humane way to kill someone,' she said. 'China should cut down the number of crimes subject to death penalty.' China classifies 68 crimes, from tomb raiding to spying, as capital ...

  7. Parting shots

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simon Parry They are harrowing pictures that have triggered a debate about the death penalty. Four condemned women laugh and joke with one another, play cards, eat McDonald's and fuss over their hair and make-up in the hours before their execution. S ...

  8. The right direction

    Posted Sep 01st 2010, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... if all the reforms will be effective but at least such reforms have been accepted as the way to go. In 2007, China decided that all capital punishment cases had to be reviewed by the Supreme ... clear. As Professor Wang Zhenmin, a criminal law professor at Tsinghua University, has said, the reduction of capital punishment is an inevitable trend and a reflection of the country's ...

  9. Choose life

    Posted Nov 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Was it a case of a costly (some might say isolated) mistake or is something more fundamental at stake here? The power to inflict capital punishment essentially raises the question about the authority ... It is equally doubtful whether Singapore's low crime rate has much to do with its insistence on maintaining capital punishment. The death penalty has not made North Korea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, ...

  10. Rights activists urge end to capital punishment

    Posted Oct 11th 2003, 12:00am by Ravina Shamdasani

    ... of the biggest executor in the world,' she said, referring to the mainland, which has the distinction of having executed more people than the rest of the world put together. Capital crimes ... Whitelam said. As at the end of last year, 111 countries had abolished capital punishment. ...




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