U.N. Torture Panel To Question China On Abuses

From Reuters:

Rights activists hope that China’s appearance before a United Nations torture panel on Friday will shed light on what they say are widespread abuses in the country.

Chinese officials will face questions about alleged mistreatment of prisoners, drug addicts and dissidents in the two-day review by the U.N. Committee Against Torture.

Corinna-Barbara Francis of Amnesty International said the rare public grilling would heap pressure on Beijing to increase its monitoring and do more to reduce the incidence of torture.

“A country like China typically can evade that sort of formal analysis and scrutiny,” she said. “It is important that the U.N. (committee) is looking at China and scrutinizing it.”

Read also A Report on China’s Implementation of Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by Chinese Human Rights Defenders.

November 6, 2008 10:14 PM
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