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China's death-row inmate bids his family last goodbye

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China's death-row inmate bids his family last goodbye

A touching moment was caught on camera when a death-row inmate bade his family last goodbye in China's Heilongjiang province. Li Shiyuan was allowed to see his family before he was executed on Dec 15. He was sentenced to death after murdering three people in a fight in 2015.
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SINGAPORE: EXECUTION OF 5 THAI NATIONALS PROVOKES ANGER IN THAILAND

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Five Thai nationals convicted of armed robbery and murder have been hanged in Singapore.

The executions provoked anger among civil rights activists in Thailand, who have criticised their government for not intervening.

But the Thai Foreign Ministry has defended the government's inaction, saying it did not want to harm the position of thousands of other Thai's still working in the country.

The five men, aged between 21 and 31, were executed in the early hours of Friday morning at Singapore's notorious Changi Prison.

They had been sentenced to death for the murder of two Indians in September 1993.

Following the executions Thailand's ambassador Adisuk Phanupong met with journalists and relatives of the dead men in the gardens of the Thai embassy.

The executions have been greeted with anger in Thailand where the government has been criticised for not doing enough to win leniency for the men.

Thailand's lacklustre response to the men's fate is being contrasted with that of the Philippines, which almost severed relations with Singapore last year after it hanged a Filipina maid convicted of murder.

But with 50,000 Thai workers living in Singapore, the Bangkok government has said that good economic and political links with the island had to take precedence over appealing for the lives of the condemned men, who were working there illegally.

No explanation could be solace for the men's families though.

Silenced in grief they were driven to the prison to say a final farewell to their loved ones.

The families were unable to afford to fly the bodies back to Thailand - instead they had to accept an offer from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to pay for their cremation.

But the men's deaths will continue to have far-reaching implications for the Thai government - the opposition intends to pursue the issue in a no-confidence debate to be held soon.


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Alabama inmate Nathaniel Woods executed despite pleas to save his life

Alabama prison inmate Nathaniel Woods was executed on Thursday despite pleas to save his life. Woods was present when three police officers were killed in Birmingham in 2004. The man who pulled the trigger, Kerry Spencer, is still awaiting execution on death row. Relatives of the three slain officers watched Woods die. Woods did not offer any last words.

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China defends death sentence for Canadian convicted of making illegal drugs

China's foreign ministry on Thursday defended a Chinese court's decision to sentence a Canadian national to death on charges of manufacturing the drug ketamine amid heightened tension between the two countries. Spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that drug crimes were very serious and China's death penalty is a helpful deterrent and prevents drug crimes.

The Guangzhou Municipal Intermediate Court announced Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been given a life sentence. The brief court statement gave no details but local media in the southern Chinese city at the heart of the country’s manufacturing industry said Xu and Wen had gathered ingredients and tools and began making ketamine in October 2016, then stored the final product in Xu’s home in Guangzhou’s Haizhu district.

Xu Weihong is the third Canadian to be sentenced to death for drug-related crimes in China since Canada detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in 2018.

China also said on Thursday that it was firmly opposed to the U.S. government's action to block Chinese web apps, with Webbin telling reporters that the move went against market principles and had no factual basis, urging the United States to correct its mistakes.

The Trump administration said on Wednesday it was stepping up efforts to purge untrusted Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks and called the Chinese-owned video app TikTok and messenger app WeChat significant threats.

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Three sentenced to death in China for deadly knife attack at station

A Chinese court has sentenced three people to death and one to life in prison for an attack at a train station in which 31 people were killed and 141 injured.

The government said militants from the western region of Xinjiang launched the premeditated knife attack at Kunming station in the southwestern province of Yunnan in March

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Death penalty for ‘godfather’ of Chinese coal mining town over millions in bribes

Zhang Zhongsheng, the former vice-mayor of a poverty-stricken city in China’s Shanxi province, was sentenced to death, without reprieve, for accepting over 1 billion yuan (US$160 million) in bribes. Zhang was known for his hilltop mansions and dubbed the “godfather” because of his influence in the city of Luliang. His sentence was an unusually harsh punishment for economic crimes, even since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012 and began an unprecedented crackdown on corruption.

China: Eight given death penalties over Xinjiang attacks

Eight people have been sentenced to death in connection with deadly attacks in China's western Xinjiang region - where violence has raged between the Muslim Uighur minority and the majority Han Chinese.

In April, a knife and bomb attack at a train station in the region's capital of Urumqi killed three and injured 79. In May, 39 people at a Urumqi market were killed when attackers hurled explosives out of the windows of two SUVs.

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Amnesty: China death penalty shrouded in mystery

(11 Apr 2017) China's use of the death penalty remains shrouded in secrecy and still outpaces the rest of the world combined, even after the nation's execution rate fell sharply over the past decade, human rights activists said on Tuesday.
Amnesty International reported 1,032 state-sponsored executions worldwide in 2016, excluding China, where the true number is unknown because the government considers it a state secret.
The group said it believes China executed thousands, but it didn't offer a more precise estimate due to a lack of accurate information.
Amnesty said its figure for worldwide executions excluding China represents a 37 percent drop from 2015. The United States recorded 20 executions, its fewest in 25 years, in part because of court rulings and shortages of chemicals used in lethal injections.
The biggest challenge we have in China is the lack of transparency, said Amnesty International Amnesty International Secretary-General Salil Shetty
Chinese government officials did not immediately comment on Amnesty's report.
China has faced longstanding pressure from the international community to curb its use of the death penalty.


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Death sentences and executions 2017

Last year, sub-Saharan Africa made great strides in the global fight to abolish the death penalty with a significant decrease in death sentences being imposed across the region and important legal developments, reinforcing its position as a beacon of hope for abolition.

Countries that are staunch supporters of the death penalty took steps to reduce its use. Iran and Malaysia adopted legislative amendments that could reduce the use of the death penalty for drug-related offences. Amnesty International also recorded a noticeable decrease in the overall number of executions carried out for drug-related offences.

However, with some countries taking steps backwards – or threatening to – the campaign against the death penalty remains as essential as ever.

Federal executions to resume, despite falling public support for death penalty

Attorney General William Barr has announced that the federal government will resume enforcement of the death penalty. No federal executions have occurred since 2003, in the face of increasing litigation over the constitutionality of the punishment. Amna Nawaz talks to The Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett about the lethal drugs involved, declining public support and ongoing legal challenges.

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Uighurs given death sentences in China after ethnic violence

Twelve people have been sentenced to death in China and other heavy sentences handed down after ethnic violence in July which left 100 people dead.

Those sentenced are thought to be Muslim Uighurs, who've been in conflict with the majority Han Chinese in the western Xinjiang province.

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Georgia Executes Its Only Woman on Death Row

Despite a plea from the Pope’s U.S. envoy, Georgia on Wednesday executed Kelly Renee Gissendaner, its only female death row inmate by lethal injection. Mark Kelly reports. Image: AP
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