China, believed to execute more people than any other country, says it will not abolish its death penalty but will reform the system to make it fair.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao told reporters at the close of parliament today (Monday) that China is instituting an effective system to ensure prudence and justice in giving death penalties.
Mr. Wen did not provide details, but the official China Daily newspaper says China's Supreme Court is taking over review of death sentences to ensure they are imposed fairly.
Current laws dictate that death penalty cases be reviewed by China's provincial high courts.
The government does not release detailed statistics on how many people are executed, but human rights groups estimate it is more than 12,000 a year.