October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang in July. Nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment, and another 20 people received shorter ...[read more]
July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to ...[read more]
June 25, 2014
by Ann Schober
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Chinese officials in the western region of Xinjiang on Tuesday held a public rally at a sports stadium for the mass sentencing of criminals, in which 55 individuals were sentenced before a crowd of 7,000 people. While three received death sentences for crimes including "violent terrorism," other ...[read more]
March 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday released their annual report on death sentences and executions throughout the globe. The rights organization recorded that executions took place in 22 countries in 2013, an increase by one from 2012. Neither the 2012 or 2013 report included Egypt or Syria as ...[read more]
March 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
UN human rights experts on Tuesday called for a full investigation into the death of Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli. Cao was an influential human rights lawyer and activist in China who "tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society" in the ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment ...[read more]
January 31, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
A Chinese court has sentenced two Tibetans for inciting self-immolation according to a Thursday report from Xinhua, China's state news agency. The two men were charged with intentional homicide after inciting and coercing eight people to self-immolate, three of whom ultimately died. Lorang ...[read more]
December 18, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On December 18, 2007, the UN General Assembly voted 104-54 with 29 abstentions in favor of UN Resolution 62/149, which calls for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty. The non-binding resolution was previously passed by the UN General Assembly's Third Committee in November 2007. The US voted ...[read more]
June 2, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
US authorities announced Thursday that they are investigating claims by Google that hundreds of personal Gmail accounts were breached by hackers in China. Google disclosed on Wednesday that hundreds of users, including US government and military officials and political activists, were targets of a ...[read more]

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