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Hu thanks the police as rate of death by torture grows in prisons
The Chinese president praises the "outstanding contribution" of law enforcement for October 1 celebrations. An 60 year old was killed under interrogation. Deprived of food, water and sleep, with 90 lighted cigarettes stuffed in his nostrils. Activists and petitioners die from "suicide" or "bad heart" conditions. Prohibited autopsies.
UN committee: Beijing should apologize to Tiananmen victims
The committee against torture calls upon China to ask forgiveness for the massacre of students, and to provide information on the people still in prison. It also expresses the hope for "full and impartial" investigations to clarify the affair and punish the guilty. The UN also calls for an end to torture.
Fujian activists arrested for "false accusations" against the government over the death of a girl
In online articles Yanqiong Fan, Wu Hauying and Jingyou You accused local authorities of Fujian of covering up the murder of Yan Xiaoling, who died after being raped by eight men. Her death is linked to the existence of a brothel, run by the police. Two of the activists have been subjected to humiliation and abuse during interrogations.
Officials crack down on petitioners, dissidents ahead of party meeting
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UN anti-torture agency calls for radical court, police reforms
Manfred Nowak, chief investigator of the UN anti-torture agency, has confirmed "widespread use of torture in China" and called for the "immediate release of people jailed for exercising their right to free speech or religion".
Asylums and mutilation: China’s new forms of torture
While the central government debates whether to reform the system of "re-education through labor" cases of human rights violations multiply and worsen. The story of Chen Qingxia, wife of a mentally ill man, beaten until she lost the use of her legs as she tried to present his petition to the central government. Her husband was interned in a psychiatric hospital and her 12 year old son has disappeared into thin air.
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