Saturday, October 22, 2005

These Photos are Beyond Disturbing

These pictures are horrible and disturbing beyond belief, and I wish they didn't exist, or rather, that the reality they portray didn't exist. Sadly it exists and there is so little that I can do about it. They are comparable to the pictures of stacked corpses in the Nazi Death Camps yet these people are still alive, but doomed, in some of these pictures. They are pictures of Chinese citizens being prepared for execution and executed.

Proffessor R. J. Rummel of Blog Democratic Peace, first posted the links. I used alta-vista's Babel Fish to translate some of the Chinese writing around them and it was just matter of fact statements that these were people being executed.

The links to the pictures are here, here, here, here, here and here. WARNING: They are horrible.

I never want to see these pictures again, yet believe that they need to be seen. China leads the world in executions and has over 50 crimes that allow for the death penalty. I believe that it is appropriate to execute a person guilty of murder, but, in my opinion, no other crime should recieve the death penalty. I do not believe that all of these people were murderers.

22 Comments:

Blogger Sierra said...

hmmm

I'm kinda surprized that those picture are even still online... usually the Chinese government shuts down websites like that pretty quickly...

11:01 PM  
Blogger KnightofGoodMrIronMan said...

The Chinese governmetn only has control of the internet inside China. I wonder how they even got out.

R.J Rummel is a hero.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous S,Piranha said...

The site that they are posted on is apparently in Taiwan, which would explain their hostility to the Communist mainland.

www.boxun.com
babelfish works well enough so you can explore this site in English and have a good enough idea of what's going on.
There is also amazing, amazing material on the other horrors the Chinese have had to suffer: the Nanking massacre, the Cultural Revolution, and the crushing of the democracy movement in Tienanmen Square.
Remember Tianamen, the Chinese do:
http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?lp=zh_en&trurl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.boxun.com%2fhero%2f64%2f3_1.shtml

11:13 PM  
Anonymous S.Piranha said...

If anyone is interested, here is a short article about capital punishment in the PRC:

"China has the death penalty for 68 crimes including
murder, drug trafficking, rape, re-selling VAT
receipts, pimping, habitual theft, stealing or dealing
in national treasures or cultural relics, publishing
pornography, selling counterfeit money, economic
offences such as graft, speculation and profiteering
and even killing a panda.
During the "Strike hard" campaign against crime in
China during the Spring of 2001 Amnesty International
recorded a staggering 1,781 executions, including
those of at least 5 women. This figure is greater than
the total number of executions carried out in the rest
of the world put together in the last 3 years.
China does not publish statistics about the death
penalty, saying these are a state secret.
Executions are often carried out immediately after a
public sentencing rally and the criminal's family is
made to pay for the bullet.
The prisoner's arms are shackled behind them and they
are made to kneel down before receiving a single
bullet fired at close range into the back of the head
or neck by a soldier or policeman or by a bullet fired
into the heart from behind using an automatic rifle.
Chinese laws do not specifically state the site of
execution grounds and shootings are carried out at
military target ranges and along river banks and on
remote hill sides, the prisoners being transported in
open lorries from the sports stadiums where they were
sentenced.
Condemned criminals are not executed inside prisons
because it is regarded as inhumane for other inmates
to hear the sound of gunfire.
In a typical mass public execution in December 1995 13
men and women convicted of murder and highway robbery
were shot after the Court dismissed their appeals.
Chinese television showed the nine men and four women
being paraded at a sports stadium in front of a crowd
of more than 10,000 before being taken to the
execution ground on a nearby hillside.
Frequently the kidneys, hearts and corneas are removed
from the dead prisoners and used in transplants at
local hospitals.
"Execution is one of the indispensable means of
education," China's paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping,
once said.
During 1997 China began experimenting with lethal
injection and this may possibly replace shooting in
due course."

However, I believe they are still mainly using shooting, though I'm not sure.

The big mystery for me is who is taking these extremely graphic closeups and why? I can't imagine them serving any official purpose, but how else could they be photographed on scene, unless in an official capacity?
And how do they get to the outside world? I think someone would have to risk their lives to smuggle these out, unless the PRC leadership wants these out there for some unfathomable reason.
And why are the pictures mainly of young women, when apparently, they make up only a small percentage of the condemned? (5 out of 1781?)

11:49 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Thank you for the info.

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Blogger Wallis photo LLC said...

wow... that is stunning.
What an awful country

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

And alongside China as one of the five biggest executioners in the world are, er, er, yep that's right the good ol' US of A.
Oh well at least the Chinese don't go around illegaly invading anybody and causing who knows how many innocent deaths in the process.
Those are truly the traits of an awful country
I don't hear them saying you're with us or against us either.
Abu Ghraib anybody?

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Anonymous Dave said...

Have you been to any Afghan weddings lately?
Indescrimnate death from 10 thousand feet.
Those kids must have been so guilty.

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