China Policy Institute Blog

Li Yan reprieved – a step forward for victims of domestic violence in China?

Written by Jackie Sheehan. It is welcome news that Li Yan, despite being sentenced to death for a second time at her retrial in Sichuan last week for killing her abusive husband, has had the sentence suspended for two years, meaning that it will almost certainly be commuted to life imprisonment. However, as the Beijing …

Taiwan’s soft power and the death penalty

By Gary Rawnsley. On 7 December 2012, Amnesty International called on Taiwan’s government to resist public pressure to reinstate the death penalty. This comes after a 10 year old boy was murdered in Tainan at the beginning of December and claims that the murderer is not afraid because of Taiwan’s retreat from enforcing capital punishment. …

Revisiting death penalty: Wu Ying’s Execution

By Mike Bastin. Wu Ying, the latest non-violent criminal conviction in China for which the death penalty has been meted out, continues to divide public opinion. Surely this is, therefore, another opportune time to revisit the strengths and weaknesses of this punishment, particularly where no physical violence whatsoever has taken place. Wu, at one point …