Mandred Nowak, who is the U.N. reporter on torture, is in China to investigate allegations that the Chinese police are torturing people. The
government in China outlawed torture somewhat recently in 1996, however reports still file in. Previously, a reporter on torture has never been
allowed into China to see prisons or detention camps. However Nowak will be able to make unannounced visits to prisons and hold interviews with the
inmates. Nowak has stated that "There is a growing awareness that torture is widely practiced in common criminal proceedings."
It is the first time a UN rapporteur on torture will be allowed to visit China's prisons and detention centres. It has taken years of negotiations
for Beijing to agree to the trip.
Beijing outlawed torture in 1996, but activists say it is still widely practised.
In fact, there has been an outcry in recent months about police brutality and torture, after a number of cases came to light showing how police
coerced false confessions.
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I did not realize that China was still practicing these methods of cruelty. Didn't they realize that eventually they would be caught? Hopefully the
people over there will be able to benefit from the U.N. stepping in. It is just sad to see that much of went on many years ago still goes on today.
Some people probably deserve to be tortured for their crimes, although not the majority of them.
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