China implements measures to further prevent extortion of confessions, illegal detention: report

16:50, July 14, 2011      

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China has implemented measures to further prevent extortion of confessions and illegal detention in the past two years, says a report released on Thursday by China's State Council Information Office (SCIO).

Titled Assessment Report on the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010), the report says to prevent the extortion of confessions by torture and the infliction of corporal punishment, abuse and insult on detainees, the Ministry of Public Security stipulates that, "except for special cases, all interrogation of detainees must be conducted in the interrogation rooms of detention houses."

Every interrogation room must have a metal mesh as separation between detainees and interrogators, and two doors - one for the detainee and one for the interrogator - to avoid physical contact between them, it says.

Technological means, including simultaneous audio and video recording, are employed in interrogation rooms to prevent such abuses as the extortion of confessions by torture, according to the report.

In addition, physical examination of detainees before and after an interrogation and when they leave and return to the detention house is conducted, it says.

Meanwhile, measures on forbidding illegal detention by law enforcement personnel have been implemented in the past two years, according to the report.

In April 2010, related departments jointly promulgated the Ordinance on Discipline for the People's Police of Public Security Organs to prohibit illegal deprivation or restriction of others' freedom of the person.p Procuratorial organs have strengthened the legal supervision of criminal investigation, criminal trial and the execution of sentences, it says.
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Source: Xinhua
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