Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Great Regulars: While a clause allowing the

secret detention of any suspects appeared to have been deleted from the draft, police will still be under no obligation to inform the families of people detained on suspected terrorist or national security offenses if the bill is passed in its current form.

Among the amended law's most outspoken critics has been controversial artist Ai Weiwei, who was held at an unknown location for several months during his investigation for "economic crimes" before his release last year.

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Fears Over Secret Detentions


Last year saw a sharp increase in the use of arbitrary detention and torture by Chinese authorities against rights activists, according to a Hong Kong-based rights group.

In a report issued at the weekend, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group said it had documented 3,833 incidences of individuals arbitrarily detained for their work in defense of human rights and 159 incidences of torture during such detentions in 2011.

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: Torture of Activists On the Rise


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