ICC NOTE: Chinese diplomats were grilled in Geneva over torture allegations from the families of dissidents who were under police custody. According to the Chinese diplomat, most of the deaths which occur under police custody are caused by lack of medical care rather than torture. However, many eye witness and family testimony would say otherwise. Zhang Liumao disappeared three months prior after being arrested by police. He died while in custody and personal accounts of the state of his body suggested he has been tortured repeatedly. His case is not the only one as many experience the same standards of incarceration when they are taken for very little reason. Many on the receiving end of torture have been Christians from the underground church and political activists who oppose the communist regime. The actions and rhetoric taken by the Chinese diplomat in Geneva is another example of the regimes attempt at hiding its miles long list of human rights abuses.
11/20/2015 Beijing (Christian Science Monitor) — A Chinese diplomat appearing Wednesday before the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva declared flatly that the problem of death in custody due to lack of medical care “is not allowed to happen” in his country.
Tell that to Zhang Weichu.
On Monday Ms. Zhang’s lawyer inspected the corpse of her brother, Zhang Liumao, who had disappeared into police detention some three months earlier. He reported finding a bruised and bloody body with apparent signs of torture.
“My brother was tortured and the hospital couldn’t save him,” says Ms. Zhang. “Don’t believe that diplomat.”
At the hearings in Geneva, China’s ambassador Wu Hailong said his government had made “enormous efforts” to halt the torture of detainees.
But he and other members of his delegation “gave no concrete answers” to probing questions from committee members about allegations of widespread police abuses in China, complains Patrick Poon, a researcher with Amnesty International who attended the hearings.
A recent Amnesty International report found that detainees in Chinese police stations are often beaten, held in steel “tiger chairs” restraining them in painful postures for hours on end, and denied sleep, in defiance of the law.
Among the official measures to prevent such behavior that Mr. Wu mentioned was a new criminal procedural law requiring video and audio recordings of some interrogations. Currently lawyers are not allowed to attend interrogations under Chinese law.