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Secret Arrests In China: Protecting The Regime, Not The People

Op-Ed: New measures have been announced in China to require authorities to inform families of anyone arrested. It is a small sign of progress, but caveats in the law mean that secret arrests are sure to continue. What is the regime afraid of?

The fog of justice (dbaron)
The fog of justice (dbaron)
Chen Jieren

BEIJING - Wang Zhaoguo, vice chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, has just submitted a much talked about revision of China's Criminal Procedure Law to the on-going Congress.

Explaining the draft to a plenary meeting of the legislative session, Wang said the revised draft will stipulate that the family of any suspect arrested or placed under house arrest must be informed within 24 hours. But there is a notable exception: in the case of those suspected of endangering national security or committing terrorist acts, the detained person's family should be informed only once the knowledge is thought to pose no impediment to the investigation.

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