From International Herald Tribune:
China, which puts more inmates to death than the rest of the world combined, is reporting fewer executions this year after reinstating a requirement that every death sentence must be reviewed and approved by the country’s highest court.
Ni Shouming, a spokesman for the Supreme People’s Court, said lower courts across the country were reporting declining numbers of executions, though he did not provide any specifics. He told China Daily, the official English-language newspaper, that the national figures dovetailed with a recent survey of two lower courts in Beijing, which found a 10 percent drop in executions during the first five months of 2007. [Full Text]