Lian Enqing stands trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, on January 27, 2014. Lian was sentenced to death after he stabbed to death one doctor and wounded two others in 2013. Photo: Xinhua
Lian Enqing stands trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, on January 27, 2014. Lian was sentenced to death after he stabbed to death one doctor and wounded two others in 2013. Photo: Xinhua
Lijia Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Lijia Zhang

Why it’s time for China to revive debate over the death penalty

  • China has made progress, treating prisoners more humanely and narrowing the list of offences that merit capital punishment
  • As support for the death penalty wanes, public debate will allow citizens to understand why abolitionists oppose the idea

Lian Enqing stands trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, on January 27, 2014. Lian was sentenced to death after he stabbed to death one doctor and wounded two others in 2013. Photo: Xinhua
Lian Enqing stands trial at the Intermediate People’s Court in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, on January 27, 2014. Lian was sentenced to death after he stabbed to death one doctor and wounded two others in 2013. Photo: Xinhua
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