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]
May 31, 2011
by Zach Zagger
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) issued a directive Friday instituting new harsher penalties under the criminal law for violations of food safety crimes. The penalties raise the prison sentences and eliminate the caps on fines and raises penalties for public officials found to have protected ...[read more]
May 30, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On May 30, 2010, the Chinese Supreme People's Court announced that evidence obtained through violence or intimidation would be barred from use in criminal trials and death penalty cases. The decision came only weeks after Zhao Zuohai, a man convicted of murder, was released from prison following ...[read more]
May 20, 2011
by Julia Zebley
A military court in Taiwan indicted a one-star general who confessed to spying for China on Friday. General Lo Hsien-che confessed to accepting bribes and divulging state secrets since March 2004. Due to his confession and relinquishment of bribes, the prosecutors plan to seek life in prison ...[read more]
May 2, 2011
by Matt Glenn
An amendment to Chinese law abolishing the death penalty for 13 crimes passed in February by the standing committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) went into effect on Sunday. The list of crimes for which the death penalty was abolished include non-violent and economic crimes such as tax ...[read more]

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