UN body concerned over widespread torture allegations in China

November 22nd, 2008 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Geneva, Nov 22 (ANI): A UN body has expressed deep concern over allegations of widespread torture in China, and called on that country to fully probe rights abuses.

The United Nations Committee Against Torture, meeting in Geneva, also revisited the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, urging the government to grant reparations and investigate the crackdown, The News reported.

The committee remains deeply concerned about the continued allegations, corroborated by numerous Chinese legal sources, of routine and widespread use of torture and ill treatment of suspects in police custody, especially to extract confessions or information to be used in criminal proceedings, it said in a report.

The committee also criticised Chinas handling of its relations with the Tibetan Autonomous Region, noting there had been longstanding reports of torture, beatings, shackling and other abusive treatment, in particular of Tibetan monks and nuns.

Regarding the Tiananmen Square protests and crackdown, the committee said China should conduct a full and impartial investigation of the events.

It added that Chinese authorities should provide information on the persons who are still detained from that period as well as offer apologies and reparation as appropriate and prosecute those found responsible for excessive use of force, torture and other ill treatment.

Earlier this month, the committees chief rapporteur Felice Gaer had accused the Chinese of not providing sufficient information. (ANI)

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