China: Scrap the Death Penalty? – John Kennedy

From John Kennedy on Global Voices:

Was it New Jersey’s undoing of the 1976 reinstatement of capital punishment earlier this month, or the United Nations General Assembly’s call for a worldwide moratorium on the a few days later that launched prominent Chinese into their own debate on the subject?

NetEase has gotten nearly 3,000 comments to its piece on the latter move against state executions, and at blog provider Cat898, one unnamed editor wrote the following on a page recently set up to follow the topic: “Abolishing the death penalty is a global trend, and it’s also an indicator of humankind’s move toward civilization…” [Full text]

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