Sunday, July 30, 2006

You Know The United States Is In Deep Trouble...

...when China is also reprimanded by organizations like Amnesty International for their human rights record but responds by making positive changes.


What has China done? First, they overhauled their police regulations in order to protect the rights of criminal suspects. These new guidelines make clear whether or not officials are committing acts of torture when extracting a confession. In the past, the rules were so vague that it was nearly impossible to determine whether or not an investigation was warranted.


Second, China has made all death penalty appeals to open hearings in the Supreme People’s Court and reduced the minimum age for executions to 18. This will reduce the number of executions in China. Of the 2,184 executions carried out last year, China performed at least 1,770 of them.


Unless things change, the day will come when China tells us how to eliminate the use of torture, something unimaginable just six years ago. Shame on us as a country to allow this to happen.


You can read all about these changes by clicking here.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Heathlander said...

Well, I don't know about that - they still have a *long* way to go, but you're right that the very fact that the US is in the same ballpark as China is shameful.

One thing I don't understand though - surely reducing the minimum age for executions to 18 would *increase* the number of execution, no?

Excellent post once again, Robbie.

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Blogger De said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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