[New Tang Dynasty News, Beijing time, November 18, 2023]The “residential surveillance” in the Chinese Communist Party’s criminal justice system has been condemned internationally because it violates humanitarian and human rights norms. The Chinese Communist Party police use residential surveillance to abuse their power and carry out torture. A 33-year-old man from Hebei Province, China, was tortured to death after being placed under police surveillance for 13 days.
On November 16, according to the mainland WeChat public account “Beiqing Shenyi”, on July 20, 2022, 33-year-old Shijiazhuang City man Bao Qinrui died while being executed in a designated surveillance residence. 13 days before the incident, He was taken to Xinle Hotel in Xinle City from Yuhua District, Shijiazhuang City and detained by the police on suspicion of provoking quarrels and provoking trouble.
Eight other people, including his father, uncle, and fellow villagers, were taken away on the same day.
According to reports, while under residential surveillance, they were beaten, shocked, and intimidated to varying degrees to extract confessions. On the evening of July 19, they heard screams that lasted for half an hour.
At noon on July 20, 2022, after Bao Qinrui’s body was taken out, blood flowed from his ears and nostrils. According to the memories of several family members who were present, there were many bruises on the body and suspected needle marks on his toes. A piece of flesh the size of a soybean is missing from the sole of the foot.
Bao Qinrui’s third uncle Bao Jitao recalled that in addition to beatings and electric shocks, the investigators also pricked him with needles, smashed his nails, and beat him with a belt to make him confess. His beard was also lit with matches. His injuries were assessed as minor injuries of the second degree, with two ribs broken.
According to the survivors, there was no light in the “little dark room” of the Xinle Hotel where they were detained. They were handcuffed behind their backs on iron training chairs, with blindfolds on their heads, and the air conditioner was turned on to 16 degrees. The cold wind blew against my head. You have to report when you go to the toilet. You have 30 seconds to urinate and 60 seconds to defecate. If you don’t finish using the toilet, you will be forcibly removed.
On June 19 this year, eight people were released on bail pending trial. The Xinle City Public Security Bureau’s decision to lift the bail pending trial stated that they should not be held criminally responsible.
In October 2023, Bao Jiye and his eldest son came to the Xinle Hotel where they were “accused” again, and found that the “little dark room” originally had windows, and the soundproof sponge pads on the walls had been removed.
In 2012, when the Chinese Communist Party revised the Criminal Procedure Law, it added the content of “Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location” (referred to as “RSDL”), which authorizes the police to choose any location or building to detain persons under investigation for a period of time. 6 months without disclosing the place of detention.
At present, the report has been completely deleted from the Internet in mainland China.
In 2021, the human rights organization Safeguard Defenders published a graphic report “Imprisonment: Inside the Secret Prison of China’s Designated Residential Surveillance”, which deeply exposed the darkness of the CCP’s “Designated Residential Surveillance”.
“This little-known detention system is a legal form of black jail, where victims are disappeared by government authorities and held in solitary confinement for up to six months or more,” the report said.
The system empowers public security and state security agencies to act with little oversight, cut off all contact with the outside world, including lawyers and family members, and arbitrarily detain, torture, threaten and abuse victims. Detention can last up to six months.
The report said that the scale and scope of “RSDL” has been expanding. In 2013, there were less than 500 people detained. By 2019, this number had risen to more than 6,000. A conservative estimate is that in 2020, 20 people will be placed under residential surveillance in a designated location every day in China. According to international human rights norms, such large-scale or systematic enforced disappearances should be considered “crimes against humanity.”
(Editor: Li Li)