The United Nation’s Committee Against Torture concluded its 41st session last week. China was one of the topics on the agenda.  A long list of organizations, including Amnesty International submitted briefings to the UN for the session. The committee released concluding observations last Friday.  The report on China explained that torture and ill-treatment during detention remains widespread. It recommended the immediate abolishment of all forms of administrative detention, including Re-education Through Labor. Furthermore, it recommended full and impartial investigation into the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy activists.  Other issues addressed by the report include the crackdown in Tibet following the demonstrations in March 2008, discrimination against Tibetans and Uighurs, the use of violence in the name of population control and many more.

The report mentioned the names of several cases that are considered by Amnesty International as prisoners of conscience.  Those cases are Yang Chunlin (torture), Hu Jia (harassment and violence against human rights defenders), and Chen Guangcheng (use of violence in the implementation of population policy).

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