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China vows to prevent extortion of confession by torture


08:38, June 12, 2012

BEIJING, June 11 (Xinhua) -- China will enforce preventive and remedial measures to prevent extortion of confession by torture and collecting evidence through illegal methods, a government action plan released on Monday said.

The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2012-2015) published by China's State Council Information Office (SCIO) pledges that no one will be forced to prove himself or herself guilty.

The action plan said all rights of the person are guaranteed by law in lawsuits and law enforcement in China, and the people's procuratorates will pay greater heed to the self-defense of criminal suspects at the stage of approval for arrest.

Procurators themselves should interrogate suspects when there are clues or evidences that prove the possibility of such serious violations of law as extortion of confession and collecting evidence through the use of force, the action plan said.

If the criminal suspects request such an interrogation, the procurators should do so as required, it said.

The action plan said China will improve relevant mechanisms to facilitate the work of lawyers during criminal proceedings.

When defense lawyers proffer written materials and evidence maintaining that no crime has been committed, an arrest is unnecessary, or the suspect should not be detained, or there have been violations of law in the investigation, the procurators must examine them seriously. When necessary, procurators may consult lawyers in person, the plan said.

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