Shivani Ramdeo


On June 21, 1989, three men were executed in Shanghai two weeks after their arrests. The Xinhua News Agency reported that Bian Hanwu, Xu Guoming and Yan Xuerong were arrested, charged and convicted for sabotaging transportation. Upon rejection of their appeals by the Shanghai People’s High Court, they were executed. Again, Xinhua reported on January 26, 2003, the execution of Lobsang Dondrub, (who was found guilty of inciting a split in the country and illegally possessing firearms and ammunition), hours after his death sentence was approved by the Sichuan Province Higher People’s Court, despite an assurance to a US delegation that a thorough review of his sentence would have been undertaken.

In the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC), the Death Penalty is utilized for many criminal offences apart from homicide and treason. As is indicated above, the speed at which executions occur raises concerns regarding violations of prisoners’ rights. The situation shows that the nature of the Chinese legal system serves to subvert justice by having prisoners executed by a compromise of due process.

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