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China reiterates ban of evidence obtained under torture.


2010, May 30


While laws banning torture have been in effect in China since 1996, they have been often disregarded in the past. In a landmark decision Zhao Zuohai's conviction for murder was reversed today, because he was beaten by police until he confessed. He was payed $96,000 in compensation for having spend 11 years in jail for murder that apparently never happened. The two policement who had beaten Zhao have been arrested.

Commentary: By issuing two specific directives banning evidence obtained under torture from the legal process, China has made important steps towards protection of human rights and a full implementation of the rule of law. Lawyers and legal scholars praised this decisions.


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