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Chinese authorities say that criminal suspects must not be forced into confessing and that evidence obtained through coercion will be excluded from trials

2 weeks ago
Sky Canaves
Prevent forced confessions, and do not force any person to verify their crimes," said a statement issued jointly by China's Supreme Court, state prosecutor, and ministries of public security, state security and justice. Yet similar efforts in 2013 did not put an end to the widespread practice of obtaining confessions through violence and threats.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.