The Dui Hua Foundation, an American humanitarian organization, issued a report on Monday that estimated China executed 2,400 people last year, and that number sounds terrible, until you read on and find that the number was 12,000 in 2002. Social progress!
In fact, Dui Hua finds that the number of people China executes has been falling gradually each year. The main factor in the decline is the 2007 decision to give the power of final review of death sentences back to the Supreme People’s Court. The report said that in 2013, 39 percent of death penalty cases reviewed by the SPC were sent back to provincial high courts for more evidence.
The official number of people that China executes each year is a state secret, but we’re pretty certain it’s a whole lot. China owns the coveted top spot on Amnesty International’s annual report on executions worldwide, and considering that Amnesty International said that 778 people were executed in the rest of the world combined in 2013, they aren’t going to have to worry about losing first place any time soon.
But, still, look at this graph! It’s definitely a trend!.
Dui Hua predicts it will be smashed this year with the problems in Xinjiang. Oh well, there’s always next year.
by Alex Linder
[Images via flickr & Dui Hua Foundation]