Mark Allison Quotes
We welcome moves towards reforms such as these, but it remains to be seen whether they will lead to better quality trials and a significant reduction in the number of people sentenced to death. Whatever their impact, they must not be seen as a substitute for more wide-ranging reforms aimed at the complete abolition of the death penalty in China.
We've been campaigning against controls on the Internet in China for many years now. We've been particularly concerned about the number of people who have been put in prison just for expressing their opinion on the Internet, or for accessing certain information that the government finds threatening or embarrassing.
We recognize the duty of governments to combat crime, but this is a knee-jerk response -- it shows that China's 'Strike Hard' crime campaign mentality is still prevalent, at least in some parts of the country. There is no evidence that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than other punishments.