Aug. 2010
April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

August 7, 2010

A massive mudslide swept through Zhouqu County in China's northwest Gansu province on August 7, 2010, killing and injuring people and devastating houses. On August 8, Premier Wen flew to Zhouqu to instruct disaster-relief work.

August 10, 2010

A meeting on disaster-relief work in Zhouqu was held by Standing Committee of the Political Bureau and presided by President Hu Jintao.

August 15, 2010

Chinese flags across the country and at overseas embassies and consulates lowered to half-mast Sunday to mourn the victims of the devastating mudslide in the northwestern Gansu Province.

Public entertainment suspended on August 8, 2010 in a show of mourning.

August 23, 2010

A draft amendment to China's Criminal Law proposed reducing the number of crimes subject to the death penalty to better protect human rights.

The draft amendment was submitted on August 23, 2010 to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, for its first reading.

If the amendment becomes law, it would be the first time the number of crimes subject to the death penalty had been reduced since the People's Republic of China enacted its criminal law in 1979. It would also be a major move by China to limit the use of the death penalty, after the Supreme People's Court in 2007 began to review and approve all death penalty decisions.

August 23, 2010

A 21-member Hong Kong tour group aboard a bus was hijacked by a dismissed Filipino policeman earlier in the day. The crisis ended on August 23, 2010 with eight killed, seven injured. China urged the Philippines to clearly investigate the Manila bus hijacking.


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