criminal justice

China Bans Confessions Obtained from Torture (Again)

The Supreme Peoples' Court, the highest court in China, urged lower courts to prohibit admissions of guilt obtained from torture. The directive reinforces existing laws prohibiting the admission of such evidence in court. Despite such theoretical protections, according to Tian Wenchang, head of the criminal committee of the All China Lawyers Association, prosecutors and police can override prohibitions against admitting confessions obtained through torture by simply asserting that police did not commit torture during interrogation.

Disabled Chinese rights lawyer freed, vows to sue police

Ni Yulan, a disabled rights lawyer whose 2012 arrest garnered international attention, has been released from prison. Ni gained fame by defending the rights of individuals who were forcibly evicted from their property without adequate compensation. She became disabled in 2002 after enduring a vicious beating at the hands of local police for defending an individual who had been forcibly relocated by local officials.