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February 10, 2010
China’s highest court issues new guidelines for administering capital punishmentStudents of the modern American death penalty know that the U.S. Supreme Court has spent a good part of the last four decades trying to develop standards for how states must balance equal and individual justice in the administration of capital punishment. Now, as detailed in this new piece from The Times Online, China's Supreme Court has issued some new guidelines as it struggles with similar concerns. Here are the basics:
China’s Supreme Court has urged judges to restrict the use of the death penalty to only the gravest crimes and show “justice tempered with mercy”. However, the top court in the country that executes more people each year than the rest of the world combined stressed the need for capital punishment and warned against showing mercy to influential officials.
Shocked by a series of miscarriages of justice involving the death penalty and taken aback by the level of public anger, the Supreme Court has been trying for several years to restrain the use of capital punishment by local courts. It has sent guidelines to courts nationwide saying that the death penalty should be handed down resolutely – but only when merited. It should apply to only a “tiny minority” of the most serious cases and be backed by ample and valid evidence....
China is believed to execute several thousand people a year, but the total is a state secret. Amnesty International said China’s courts put to death at least 1,718 people in 2008. In January 2007, the Supreme People's Court regained the power of final approval of death penalties, devolved to provincial high courts in the 1980s, and it promised to apply the ultimate punishment more carefully. The number of executions fell by 15 percent in 2007 and by 10 percent in 2008, officials have said.
The guidelines come just ahead of a world congress against the death penalty to be held in Geneva this month. China is certain to be a major focus of discussions.
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