Handbook on Human Rights in China
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Handbook on Human Rights in China

Edited by Sarah Biddulph and Joshua Rosenzweig

This Handbook gives a wide-ranging account of the theory and practice of human rights in China, viewed against international standards, and China’s international engagements around human rights. The Handbook is organised into the following sections: contested meanings; international dimensions; economic and social rights; civil and political rights; rights in/action and access to justice; political dimensions of human rights in Greater China; and new frontiers.
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Chapter 20: The death penalty and human rights in China

Susan Trevaskes


This chapter examines developments in death penalty law and practice in China. It reviews law and practice in light of China’s domestic political context. It is organised around four main themes concerning some of human rights-related issues in the UN Safeguards Guaranteeing Protection of the Rights of Those Facing the Death Penalty. These include: imposing the death penalty only for the ‘most serious crimes’; ensuring that evidence leaves no room for an alternative explanation of the facts; ensuring a fair trial though final judgment safeguards; and providing alternative pathways for commutation of death sentences.

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