Torture in China: Who, What, Why and How
A 2014 global survey of attitudes towards torture carried out in 21 countries found a vast majority of the 21,000 people surveyed believe there should be clear laws against torture. And rightfully so. Torture is illegal, barbaric and inhumane, and can never be justified. It has been outlawed internationally since 1948, yet it remains rampant in many countries, including in China. Amnesty’s latest report No End In Sight: Torture and Forced Confessions in China finds that China’s criminal justice system is still heavily reliant on forced confessions, usually extracted through torture, and that lawyers who try to challenge torture cases are routinely ignored, harassed or even detained and tortured themselves.
11 November 2015