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Friday, December 02, 2005

Torture in China

The U.N. recently conducted an invetigation into the use of torture in China. The New York Times reports:

The investigation, conducted by Manfred Nowak, the special rapporteur of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, noted some progress by Chinese officials in reducing violence against prisoners since the country signed an international covenant banning torture in 1988.
But Mr. Nowak said that "obtaining confessions" and fighting "deviant behavior" continue to be central goals of China's criminal justice system. The police and prison guards are urged to extract admissions of guilt and are rarely punished for using electric shocks, sleep deprivation and submersion in water or sewage, among other torture techniques, to obtain them, he said.

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--Tom Hayes


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