The Pendleton Panther

Chinese Media Reveal Illegal “Black Jails”

Posted on: December 1, 2009

Illegal "Black Jails" have been set up all around major provincial distrcits in China.

In recent Chinese state run media networks, there have been articles and statements confirming the existence of “Secret, illegal “black jails”(CNN) scattered throughout China. They have had extensive sources and searches confirm these statements. Officials adamantly deny these claims. This is usually the case as the Chinese government is very strict in its censorship policies and likes to keep a clean image. The victims and people usually jailed illegally are innocent Chinese citizens who are searching for justice when they go to Beijing and file complaints against the government. The many petitioners who go to many large provincial governmental offices are “victims of land grabs, physical assault, discrimination and corruption, often at the hands of local officials.”(CNN) These local officials are often scared of being demoted or reprimanded by their superior officers so they have henchmen of sorts “hunt down the petitioners, grab them off the streets and lock them up in rundown hotels, rented houses and nursing homes. Security guards keep petitioners from escaping.” According to Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director for Human Rights Watch “The existence of black jails in the heart of Beijing makes a mockery of the Chinese government’s rhetoric on improving human rights and respecting the rule of law.” Although they are deemed illegal, the country continually denies their existence and does nothing to stop them from detaining more citizens. It is already infringing on cases of kidnapping and unlawful detention. We should wonder what people would argue in the court system?

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