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Report: China psychiatric facilities detaining patients involuntarily in violation of human rights
Rebecca DiLeonardo at 10:14 AM ET
Human rights groups and have expressed concern in the past about illegal detention in China. In June Human Rights Watch reported that China's chengguan, a para-police organization charged with enforcing non-criminal administrative regulations, is abusing its power [JURIST report]. The report indicated that although the chengguan are not authorized to arrest citizens or use excessive force, they frequently do both. In March China's National People's Congress (NPC) passed a law [JURIST report] allowing police to detain certain suspects for up to six months in secret detention facilities commonly known as "black jails."In July 2010 Amnesty International urged [JURIST report] the Chinese government to launch an independent investigation into law enforcement conduct during the July 2009Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], accusing police of executing arbitrary arrests and employing excessive force.