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Human rights groups have also voiced their opposition to the death penalty.|
In a statement sent to the Economic Observer, the Philippines office of Amnesty International (AI) called on the Chinese government to abolish the use of the death penalty, describing it as “cruel and inhumane” and saying it is “not a deterrent to crime and must be abolished.”
“We call on the authorities in China to stop the execution and remove non-lethal offenses as crimes that merit the death sentence,” Amnesty's Philippines director Aurora Parong, said.
AI said that China has 55 offences that carry the death penalty and the exact number of executions remains secret. The United Nations General Assembly has endorsed resolutions which state that the scope of application of the death penalty should not go beyond intentional crimes with lethal consequences.
It said Asian countries where the death penalty is legal and applied include Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand, Pakistan, Vietnam and North Korea. Some countries like Brunei, Laos, Myanmar and South Korea don’t apply the penalty and the Philippines has formally abolished it.
Recently, several photographs of inmates who were about to executed begun circulating on Chinese microblogs.
The slideshow gives readers a glimpse of the inmates several hours before they were executed. There was no blood or torture, but plenty of vivid scenes. Inmates were photographed painting their nails, arranging their clothes, chatting with other inmates, and eating their last meal composed of fast food from McDonalds. Again, it was harrowing - the photos are more horrific than horror films.
Reports said that China has reduced the numbers of executions. But is still believed to have the highest recorded rate of executions in world. Amnesty International doesn’t provide a precise figure of executions in China as Beijing keeps such figures secret, but says"only a fraction of death sentences and executions carried out in China are publicly reported."
The Filipino Department of Justice said there are 164 of its citizens serving prison terms in Mainland China, most of them for drugs trafficking as of August, 119 are women – most of them married with children, and 45 are men.
“Most of them are in prisons in China’s southern provinces,” it said, “on the other hand, there are 109 Chinese nationals serving sentences in Philippine prisons.”
It is not clear, however, how many Filipinos are serving life sentences and how many are on death row.