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A provincial appeals court has issued what is reported to be China's first ruling that confessions obtained by coercion, torture, or trickery cannot be used in court, and while defense attorneys hailed the decision as an important step toward...

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The State Council of China released a 41-page report Wednesday claiming significant progress in the promotion and protection of human rights. The document reported over 1,500 investigations and prosecutions of government officials alleged to have violated human...

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The death penalty worldwide: developments in 2004, Amnesty International, April 5, 2005 [reporting that the number of executions, which does not include executions that many governments fail to officially report, is the second highest figure the organization has recorded in...

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