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Torture, illegal detentions, enforced disappearances marked 2011 in China

China's human rights record worsened in 2011 making it the most repressive year in a decade, a group said today. Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Mar 10, 2012 00:00 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times

Marked by extralegal detentions and enforced disappearances, the state of human rights deteriorated in China in 2011, a rights group has said.

The annual report of the Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) did not have many positive things to say about mainland China, “As documented in this annual report from CHRD, it has been a year of harsh crackdowns for human rights defenders (HRDs), characterized by lengthy prison sentences, extensive use of extralegal detention, and enforced disappearance and torture,” the report said.

The Communist government’s crackdown was especially harsh as sparks of the people-led Jasmine revolution was spreading in North Africa and West Asia. “Large numbers of security personnel were deployed in the areas where protests were expected to take place; an unknown number of people (estimated in the thousands) who had spoken out on the subject or posted related information online, or who participated in the rallies, were seized and taken away for interrogation.

Dozens of human rights activists, lawyers, and outspoken intellectuals were disappeared and tortured, and several veteran democracy advocates were sentenced to long prison terms,” the report said.

First Published: Mar 09, 2012 11:51 IST