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China high court to investigate ways to reduce death penalty crimes
November 24, 2014
China's highest court, the Supreme People's Court will investigate ways of reducing the number of crimes punishable by death according to remarks by Hu Yunteng, a senior researcher at the Supreme People's Court, published Monday. Hu told a group of academics Saturday that the government must reduce....... [more]

UN General Assembly: North Korea should be referred to ICC
November 19, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Ko....... [more]

Hong Kong court notice allows authorities to start clearing protest sites
November 16, 2014
A Hong Kong court notice ordering authorities to start clearing protest sites that have been occupied for seven weeks was published in leading newspapers on Saturday. The notice will allow authorities, who have been on standby waiting to take action, to immediately begin clearing out the most concen....... [more]

US and China pledge to cut carbon emissions
November 12, 2014
The US and China on Wednesday announced a negotiated agreement to reduce greenhouse gas output. Leaders of both countries negotiated secretly to arrive at the following pledge: The US seeks to reduce emissions by a quarter or more by 2025, while China will implement greater use of zero-emission ener....... [more]

Xinjiang court sentences 22 people to jail for religious activities
November 11, 2014
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences ranged from five to 16 years....... [more]

Challenges of Climate Change
November 2, 2014
A major challenge for the international response to climate change is the allocation of responsibility between industrialized and developing countries for remediation and mitigation. While industrialized countries like the United States have a history of emitting greenhouse gases and are considered....... [more]

China passes new counter-espionage law to strengthen national security
November 2, 2014
The National People's Congress of China on Saturday passed a new counter-espionage law in an effort to strengthen national security. State media reported that the new law will allow authorities to seal or seize any items or other properties linked to any acts of espionage. The enforcement of the law....... [more]

China Communist Party introduces guidelines to strengthen legal system
October 28, 2014
The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the law....... [more]

China considering eliminating death penalty for 9 crimes
October 27, 2014
China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading Monday. Accordi....... [more]

Communist Party of China announces legal reforms giving judges more independence
October 23, 2014
The Communist Party of China (CPC) announced a blueprint for judicial reform in a communique issued Thursday at the conclusion of the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. According to the communique, the CPC will institute legal reforms aimed at giving judges more independence....... [more]

UN rights body urges fair elections in Hong Kong
October 23, 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 elections....... [more]




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