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A draft criminal law amendment has been submitted to China's top legislature to reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty. If approved, it will be the first time China has reduced the potential of death penalty sentences.
Experts say it's a big step forward to better protect human rights. The amendment would cut 13 economy-related non-violent offences from the list of 68 crimes punishable by death.
Offenders aged below 18 or above 75 would receive increased leniency. This step will not negatively affect social and public stability. The draft amendment has also suggested tougher penalties for drink driving, street racing and non-payments to migrant workers.