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Una donna sta per essere giustiziata a Pechino, nel 2001
A woman is shown being taken to her execution in Beijing, China, in 2001
CHINA HALVES EXECUTIONS TO 4,000 PER YEAR, RIGHTS GROUP SAYS

December 13, 2011: Executions in China have dropped 50 per cent since 2007 to around 4,000 per year, a human rights group estimated.
The number of executions is a state secret in China, but the US-based Dui Hua Foundation based its number on a Chinese lawyer's estimate that executions had halved since the Supreme People's Court began reviewing all death sentences in 2007.
'China has made dramatic progress in reducing the number of executions, but the number is still far too high and declining far too slowly,' said John Kamm, Dui Hua's executive director.
Lawyer Liu Renwen told a forum on the death penalty on November 30 that China had reduced the number of executions by half over the past four years.
State media quoted Liu as saying in 2006 that an estimate of about 8,000 executions annually was 'realistic.' Dui Hua said it had made a similar estimate in 2006.
Liu said that China had probably executed more than 10,000 people annually before 1997, when it abolished capital punishment for theft.
Although the government removed capital punishment for 13 offences in February, China retains the death penalty for 55 crimes.
'At the present rate of decline it will take many years for the government to reach its goal of abolishing the death penalty,' Kamm said, urging the government to move towards 'greater openness and transparency.'
'When officials and the public know the full extent of the death penalty in China, abolition will be achieved more quickly,' he said.
Many of those sentenced to death have no defence lawyers during their trials.
State media and rights lawyers have reported several claims by people sentenced to death that they were tortured during interrogation, although the Supreme People's Court last year ordered courts not to accept forced confessions. (Sources: DPA, 13/12/2011)

JAPAN: MANY DEATH ROW INMATES ON MEDS
VIETNAM: FIVE SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TRADING HEROIN
CHINA: 12 PEOPLE EXECUTED IN SINGLE DAY
INDONESIA: 87 PEOPLE ON DEATH ROW
IRAN: TWO YOUNG MEN HANGED PUBLICLY IN QAZVIN
JAPAN: NO EXECUTIONS IN 2011 FOR 1ST TIME IN 19 YRS
CHINA: TWO INVOLVED IN DRUG-RELATED CRIMES SENTENCED TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: THREE MIGRANT WORKERS ON DEATH ROW RELEASED
ZAMBIA: 279 INMATES ON DEATH ROW
IRAN: FIVE PRISONERS HANGED IN SEMNAN PROVINCE
IRAN: NINE PRISONERS (AMONG THEM ONE WOMAN) EXECUTED
INDIA: BILL PROVIDING FOR DEATH SENTENCE FOR SABOTAGE OF PIPELINES PASSED
EU IMPOSES STRICT CONTROLS ON 'EXECUTION DRUG' EXPORTS
SAUDI ARABIA: 2 EXECUTED FOR KILLING FILIPINO TRUCK DRIVER
SYRIA: NEW LAW STIPULATES DEATH FOR 'TERRORISTS'
IRAN: PRISONER HANGED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
IRAN: ONE MAN HANGED IN ILAM
JAPAN: BAR FEDERATION TO ESTABLISH PANEL FOR ABOLISHING DEATH PENALTY
IRAN: THREE PRISONERS HANGED IN ARAK
IRAN: THREE MEN HANGED
MALI: PRESIDENT TOURÈ PARDONS TUNISIAN NATIONAL
DPIC'S YEAR END REPORT: DEATH SENTENCES PLUNGE TO HISTORIC LOWS
IRAN: ‘KILLING SPREE’ OF DRUG EXECUTIONS
SWAZILAND ADVISED TO REPEAL DEATH SENTENCE
NORTH CAROLINA (USA): PERDUE VETOES REPEAL OF RACIAL JUSTICE ACT
ZAMBIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
IRAN: HEROIN TRAFFICKER EXECUTED
MALAYSIA: LABOURER SENT TO THE GALLOWS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
CHINA: MAFIA-STYLE GANG LEADER EXECUTED
DEATH PENALTY: EUROPE RESTRICTS EXPORT OF SODIUM THIOPENTAL

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