China: China Urged to Stop ‘Disappearing’ Officials in Graft Crackdown

Author(s): Ting Shi | Date: December 6, 2016 | Language: English
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A global rights advocacy group is calling on China to stop detaining Communist Party members indefinitely without charge, releasing a report criticizing the system on the unofficial anniversary of Xi Jinping’s four-year-old corruption crackdown.
The practice, known as shuanggui, which the Communist Party uses to secure confessions from corruption suspects, lacks legal basis and perpetuates rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Tuesday in Hong Kong. Such extrajudicial detentions are a key feature of Xi’s anti-graft campaign, which began on Dec. 6, 2012, with the investigation of Li Chuncheng, then a deputy party chief in the southwestern province of Sichuan.
More than 1 million officials have since been punished in the fight against corruption, which Xi has described as the greatest threat to the party’s grip on power and vowed to continue. The reliance on extrajudicial “disappearances” by Xi and his party disciplinary chief, Wang Qishan, undercut the government’s pledge to strengthen the rule of law and make the country’s courts more fair, Human Rights Watch said.

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