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Amnesty reflects confidence

Updated: 2015-09-02 08:05
(China Daily)

Amnesty reflects confidence

A prisoner shops online at Anhui Reformatory for Juvenile Delinquents on Monday in Hefei, capital of the province. [Photo/Agencies]

President Xi Jinping has signed a mandate granting amnesty to four categories of criminals, 40 years after the country last granted such a pardon in 1975.

Many countries grant such special amnesties on important national occasions to give wrongdoers another chance. For instance, the Republic of Korea extended a pardon to 6,527 inmates to celebrate its 70th anniversary of independence.

China's move is in accordance with the Constitution and has followed strict legal procedures, such as the top legislature's approval, the issuance of the president's mandate and the judiciary's involvement to confirm eligible candidates.

Unlike those in China in ancient days, which were usually made based on the emperor's personal will, and those based on exchanges of interests, the latest amnesty in China is of great political and legal significance and is expected to produce some positive social effects.

For example, pardoning those who participated in the fight against Japanese aggression or the fight for national liberation and territorial integrity is an official recognition of their contributions to the nation, and lets them have a chance to share in the national jubilation at a time when the country is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of its victory over the Japanese invaders.

The move will incarnate China's spirit of benevolence by extending to wrongdoers a chance at self-correction. The special amnesty also demonstrates China's confidence in its political and legal establishments and promotes social harmony.

The above is an abridgement of a People's Daily article published on Monday.

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