criminal procedure law

Shocking Cases Highlight China’s Domestic Abuse Crisis

Two cases of domestic abuse that have gained widespread attention on Chinese social media in recent weeks have renewed the spotlight on China’s crisis of domestic abuse. In October, a young Tibetan woman named Lhamo was...

Forced Confessions Draw Fresh Scrutiny

In 2003, Zhang Gaoping and his nephew Zhang Hui confessed to the rape and murder of Wang Dong, a 17-year-old girl the two had picked up while passing through Zhejiang province. Both were incarcerated until late last month, when...

Article 73 Detainee Allowed to See Wife

Zhu Chengzhi is likely the first person to be held in semi-secret “residential surveillance” since it was legalized under Article 73 of China’s amended Criminal Procedure Law on New Year’s Day. He was...

China Inaugurates Legal Semi-Secret Detention

Zhu Chengzhi may have become the first to be detained under new amendments to China’s Criminal Procedure Law. Amid fierce criticism, the changes passed through the National People’s Congress by a vote of 2,639 to 160...

Looking for Song Ze

Song Ze, a volunteer who worked with the dissident rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong’s Open Constitution Initiative to help provide humanitarian aid to petitioners, was detained and later switched to “residential...

Law, Stability and Sliding Reform

New York University law professor Jerome Cohen argues that China’s efforts to build soft power are doomed to failure by its use of the criminal justice system as an instrument of political repression. This tendency seems...

Activist Ni Yulan and Husband Dong Jiqin Sentenced

Ni Yulan, who has been stripped of her lawyer’s license, beaten until she could no longer walk unaided, and repeatedly imprisoned for defending the rights of forced demolition victims, has received a further prison...

Weibo: Legalized Kidnapping

Below is a snapshot of the online outrage surrounding Article 73 of the new Criminal Procedure...

Amended Criminal Procedure Law Passes, 2,639 to 160

The National People’s Congress has passed a controversial amendment to China’s Criminal Procedure Law which will, if faithfully implemented, strengthen suspects’ rights in ordinary—i.e. non-political—cases. But...

Cartoons: Article 73 in an Iron House

As the National People’s Congress prepares to vote on revisions to the Criminal Procedure Law, cartoonists in China are airing their feelings on the proposals. Most criticisms focus on Article 73, which enshrines the right...

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