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China Announces Campaign to Weed out Officials who Torture Prisoners - 2004-05-13

China announced wednesday a campaign to weed out government officials who torture and maltreat prisoners, the latest in a string of moves apparently aimed at the United States over the abuse of Iraqi inmates. However, China’s own prisons are notorious for maltreatment and torture, linked to high conviction rates in Chinese judicial proceedings, rights groups say. Former Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Sangdrol says torture and abuse of prisoners are endemic in Chinese prisons.