Reports suggest the authorities are not just jailing and harassing legal practitioners and their relatives, but also subjecting some of them to appalling torture.

The Economist | Champions chained: China’s crushing of independent lawyers is a blow to rule of law.

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    Not a good question, the claim is basically impossible to disprove. Which activists? – Sklivvz Jun 18 '17 at 13:32
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    Here's a list of jailed Chinese political activists on Wikipedia. For the purposes of this question, what's torture? This is, the people are already confined to small cages and stripped of their human rights; does malnutrition count, or is the interest in stuff like beatings? – Nat Jun 18 '17 at 16:48
  • Apparently China banned the use of evidence found by torture in court cases in 2010 ("China Bans Court Evidence Gained Through Torture" (2010)). This would seem to be official government recognition of the fact that there was evidence gathered through torture. – Nat Jun 18 '17 at 16:54
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    Most recently there was a crackdown in July 2015, known as the "710 Crackdown". The Wikipedia entry (in Chinese) has an account of what happened to each lawyer and their families. – ryhui Jun 20 '17 at 19:42
  • Found an English version here. – ryhui Jun 20 '17 at 19:50

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