|Posted by Alex on March 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM|
China has been working to adjust their criminal code, and the change has been accepted. Just reading that sentence you know that it doesn’t seem like a big deal, but human rights activists will certainly be against this amendment. The change that was proposed was to allow police authorities to hold suspects in secret undisclosed locations.
This adjustment to the criminal code was discussed by Chinese legislators on Wednesday. The Chinese media applauded this change in what they called a “step-forward for human rights.” Most activists would go after the country for deeper reasons such as, the death penalty, human trafficking, black jails, and mistreatment of prisoners. You’re probably wondering “what type of mistreatment?” Torturing and not giving prisoners proper medical treatment may be illegal but that certainly does not stop it from happening in some areas of the country.
When you know more about China’s shady human rights past you start to think more accurately. This change in the criminal code gives police the authority to hold them in undisclosed locations for up to six months if the authorities believe that the suspect is involved in any of the following: endangering national security, terrorism, or serious bribery. Even though police have to tell the suspect’s family that they are taking him/her away, the family will not know where they are taken or when they will be released. This can violate the suspect’s human rights because over the course of their imprisonment, we do not know if they will be tortured, be given food or medical treatment, and if they will be provided with the basic necessities of life.