#1 According to local reports, they were accused of producing and selling drugs in the city of Shanwei, southern China's Guangdong province.
#4 They were among a total of 18 people who appeared to face drugs charges, with five handed suspended sentences and a further five having their executions postponed.
#7 According to reports, Lufeng is a hotspot for drug trafficking with officers trying to clamp down on the sale and creation of drugs.
#10 China executes thousands of people every year, mainly for charges of murder and drug dealing and has faced international criticism for its use of the death penalty.
Despite China continuously executing hundreds if not thousands of people per year for drug-related offenses, China is actually experiencing a growth in drug manufacturing and trafficking - which obviously shows the limitations of the "kill the monkey to scare the chicken's approach"
#13 China should immediately end the use of the death penalty for offenses that do not meet the threshold of "intentional killing" in international law and devise other ways to tackle the drug problem that doesn't perpetuate a cycle of violence.
#16 Many death sentences are issued after ‘confessions’ that have been obtained through torture.
Earlier this month local news site NewsGD.com said police had seized 640kgs of drugs since April from boats heading from Guangdong to Malaysia.
It is thought they were bound for Australia, New Zealand, and the US.
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