[JURIST] China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) [JURIST news archive], on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic [Reuters report] by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment currently applies to 55 different offenses in China. Human rights groups say that China overuses the death penalty [JURIST report], specifically for non-violent crimes like fraud and illegal money-laundering. The government is not,...

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