China should reduce its use of the death penalty and stop humiliating
death-row prisoners with public parades, the state's top legal bodies have
declared ahead of their annual report to parliament tomorrow. In an apparent
move towards a more humane justice system, the supreme court, chief prosecutor
and ministries of police and justice have also called for an end to the use of
torture in police interrogations.
The report calls for more caution over death sentencing, saying its
application should be "gradually" reduced. "Where there is a possibility someone
should not be executed then without exception the person should not be killed."
The legal bodies have called for tighter implementation of rules on
interrogation and evidence-gathering. Confessions obtained through torture will
(China Daily 03/15/2007 page5)