Awaken Human Nature and Perceive the Value of Life
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For over five years, journalist and TV presenter Ding Yu headed up a massively popular Chinese TV talk show.
Every week, She would sit down with convicted murderers and interview them about their life and crimes, before they were taken out and put to death by either firing squad or lethal injection. The show, "Interviews Before Execution"
, was taken off the air in March 2012.
The Chinese Government does not publish official statistics on the number of executions carried out each year, and China is thought to execute more people anually than the rest of the world combined
. The practice of harvesting organs for transplant from executed criminals still goes on in China, though the Chinese government has pledged to eliminate what some call an "addiction to Death Row organs"
. In 2011, the Goverment reduced the number of capital crimes from 68 to 55.
Thirteen economic crimes were removed, but 31 non-violent crimes remain on the list.
The new laws also allow, in cases of domestic violence ending in homicide, for judges to encourage "social harmony"; if the families of the victim and the defendant meet and come to an agreement (often involving quite large monetary compensation), the death penalty can be stayed for 2 years, and then possibly commuted. The children of the executed are not considered "orphans"
and are not cared for by the state, but in orphanages maintained with private money.
"Execution Day in Zhengdou"
is a first-person account of a witness to a public firing squad in 1983
Executions, Organ Harvesting, and the Death Penalty in China
(CAUTION: graphic execution-related imagery)