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Japan Today - News - U.N. official says torture widespread in Chinese prisons - Japan's Leading International News Network

Japan Today - News - U.N. official says torture widespread in Chinese prisons - Japan's Leading International News NetworkU.N. official says torture widespread in Chinese prisons

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Saturday, December 3, 2005 at 03:00 JST
BEIJING — A top U.N. human rights official said Friday that a variety of torture pervades Chinese prisons and police stations because of pressure to extract confessions and structural problems in the criminal justice system.

Manfred Nowak, the U.N. special rapporteur for torture, made the remarks at a press conference based on what he described as a relatively short, obstacle-choked two-week China trip that included meetings with 30 prisoners. He visited two prisons in Beijing followed by visits to holding facilities in Lhasa and Urumqi, which are home to ethnic Tibetan and Uygur prisoners, respectively, suspected of crimes linked to separatism.

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