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Death Penalty

Dialogue – Issue 42: Update on Criminal Law Amendment’s Proposed Limits on Death Penalty

A draft amendment to China’s Criminal Law currently under review by the National People’s Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) has generated a good deal of debate for its proposed limits on the use of the...

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Dialogue – Issue 42: Older Condemned Prisoners Pose Diverse Concerns Worldwide

China is not the first nation to introduce old age into the capital punishment debate. Mongolia, Mexico, and Guatemala have all prohibited execution for those aged 60 and over. Russia and Kazakhstan have prohibited...

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Dialogue – Issue 41: Reducing Death Penalty Crimes in China More Symbol Than Substance

In late August, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee began to consider a revision to China’s Criminal Law that would significantly reduce the number of offenses eligible for the death penalty. China now...

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Dialogue – Issue 41: Study Forces Rethinking on Popular Support for Death Penalty in China

A common justification for retention of capital punishment in China is the strong public support it enjoys. However, results of a recent survey designed by the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal...

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Dialogue – Issue 41: From Dui Hua’s UPR Submission on the United States

More than 100 stakeholders, including Dui Hua, submitted comments in preparation for the Universal Periodic Review of the United States, which will take place in November. The three areas raised in Dui Hua’s submission...

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Dialogue – Issue 41: After One Year, Dui Hua Uncovers 700 Executions in China

Statistics on capital punishment in China are considered state secrets. Lacking official information, international observers are left to make educated guesses about the number of executions in China. In past years, Dui Hua has...

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Dialogue – Issue 39: Hospice Care Eases Death For US Inmates

More than 3,000 prisoners a year die of natural causes in US correctional facilities, many from terminal illness. While a few terminally ill prisoners receive compassionate release, some types of prisoners—such as death row...

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Dialogue – Issue 38: China & Its Neighbors: Capital Punishment in Asia

On December 29, 2009, Akmal Shaikh, a British citizen, was executed in Urumqi, in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, for the crime of drug trafficking. Shaikh, who had been caught entering China...

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Dialogue – Issue 31: US Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Lethal Injection

In a 7–2 decision announced on April 16, the US Supreme Court rejected the petition of two Kentucky death row inmates who challenged the constitutionality of that state’s lethal injection procedures. The Supreme Court...

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Dialogue – Issue 29: US Lethal Injection Procedures Face Supreme Court Scrutiny

On September 25, the US Supreme Court agreed to consider whether the procedure used by the state of Kentucky to administer lethal injection violates the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. This decision...

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