China for years has led the world in imposition of the death penalty for crimes. The government has decided it is time to reconsider such severity, particularly since it reflects poorly on the Chinese people. The Chinese government is continually confronting charges that it has abused human rights. The decision for imposing death has now been placed in the hands of the Supreme People’s Court rather than relying on local judges. Vice President Jing Xingchang of the SPC says since his group has assumed responsibility, the number of deah sentences has been reduced and c ases have been “treated more even-handedly, have become stricter, trial procedures are fairer.”
Hopefully, China will no longer be showing pictures of people being shot in groups. Now, if the government could revise its policies toward dissidents, real progress would be assured in respecting human rights.