published: 10 September 2018
China likes to present itself as an alternative model to lead the world in development and governance, but critics say its justice system still has a very long way to go.
More people are executed in China each year than in the rest of the world combined, and it is believed some of them are being wrongly convicted because of fundamental flaws in the justice system.
The ABC has obtained mobile phone video of one execution that took place in northern China.
In the video, a man is taken into a field. Surrounded by dozens of security personnel, he is forced to kneel — and is then shot in the back of the head.
Families only find out after loved ones executed
Executions in China are classified as state secrets. Names of the people killed are not released, and families only find out after their loved ones have been put to death.
Zhen Lin is one of the few people inside China working to advocate against the death penalty. She works for a small non-government organisation called China Against the Death Penalty.