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China paper refutes HRW criticisms of judicial reforms


08:08, January 29, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China (CPC), ran a bylined commentary Saturday refuting criticisms made against the country's judicial reforms.

In its annual World Report published last week, the New York-based organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) claimed that China's "police dominate the criminal justice system, which relies disproportionately on defendants' confessions."

"Weak courts and tight limits on the rights of the defense mean that forced confessions under torture remain prevalent and miscarriages of justice frequent," HRW said.

Saying the HRW statement "seriously distorted" the truth of China's human rights conditions as a whole, the People's Daily article, under the byline of Shen Hui, said its description of the country's judicial reforms is "particularly biased and untrue."

"It is known that China's criminal justice system is not dominated by police organs, but consists of investigation organs led by the police organs, people's procuratorates and people's courts," said the article.

Under Chinese law, criminal prosecution proposals raised by police must be reviewed by procuratorial authorities before a decision on whether to bring criminal cases to court can be made by the latter.

The courts try cases and give verdicts after examining all evidence in an independent and fair manner. The procuratorates' prosecution proposals can only become part of a court's verdict after a fair hearing based on court debates, investigations and examinations of evidence, said the article.

China's criminal justice system is not dominated by police organs, but operates based on the work of all three parties -- people's courts, people's procuratorates, and police -- who play their own assigned roles and restrain from each other, according to the article.

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PD User at 2012-01-3094.195.123.*
HRW report is an attack on China's sovereignty and civilisation. Should thousands of years of Chinese civilisation be dismantled in favour of western style judicial systems? What an insult!
wende at 2012-01-2971.255.83.*
Just steadily explain China's side to dispel these misperceptions. There is no need for anger as the west will just be a blind bat or an ostrich which cannot and would not want to face up to the truth.

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