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China: Capital Punishment

Volume 476: debated on Thursday 22 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Chinese government on the publication of statistics on its use of the death penalty. (206601)

In March a Chinese court official reported that, since recovering the right of review over all death sentences, the Supreme People's Court had rejected 15 per cent. of original verdicts from lower-level courts. However, unless China is more transparent about the application of the death penalty, we cannot verify its claims that the number of executions has fallen. We continue to urge China to reduce the scope of death penalty crimes and to allow transparency of statistics. We did so most recently at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue at the end of January.