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China takes another step against torture

[JURIST] China announced Tuesday that it will crack down on Chinese police officials' use of improper interrogation methods on criminal suspects. Chinese police are notorious for using coercion and torture while interrogating suspects [Amnesty International report]. Prosecutors must now review all a criminal's police records as well as explicitly question the suspect to ensure that they were not mistreated while under interrogation. She Xianglin, a man falsely jailed for his wife's murder, was imprisoned for 11 years and recently sparked outrage surrounding Chinese police brutality [Asia News Net report]. She, who claimed he was tortured until he confessed to the crime, was released last month [China Daily report] after his wife turned up alive. Tuesday's announcement is another in a series of steps being taken by Chinese authorities to combat police brutality. Last month a Chinese provincial appeals court ruled that evidence obtained through the use of coercion, torture, or trickery would not be upheld in court [JURIST report]. The Australian has more.

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