Monday, March 12, 2012

China backs down from legalising secret detentions

China has abandoned controversial plans to make it legal to "disappear" criminal suspects following a huge public outcry, in a move hailed as a victory for judicial reformers.

Proposed changes to China's criminal law being debated this week by the parliament originally included a clause that allowed police to hold people suspected of terrorism or endangering national security in secret locations without notifying their families.

Secret detentions in China are already well-documented -- the renowned artist Ai Weiwei was among several dissidents to be taken to unknown locations and held for months without charge during a crackdown on government critics last year. Read More

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