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human rights watch on china - December 2005 Volume 17, No....

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Unformatted text preview: December 2005 Volume 17, No. 11(C) “We Could Disappear At Any Time” Retaliation and Abuses Against Chinese Petitioners Map of the People’s Republic of China.....................................................................................1 I. Summary.....................................................................................................................................3 Recommendations..................................................................................................................12 II. Research Methods..................................................................................................................14 III. The Petitioning System........................................................................................................16 The Petitioning System in Theory and Practice.................................................................17 Lack of Effective Remedies ..................................................................................................20 Why do Petitioners Persist?...................................................................................................22 Recent Reforms.......................................................................................................................24 May 1, 2005 Regulations........................................................................................................25 Case Study: “I’ll stop petitioning when I die”....................................................................28 IV. Abuses against Petitioners at the Local Level..................................................................30 Police Abuse and Other Official Violence..........................................................................31 Corruption................................................................................................................................33 Forced Eviction and Resettlement.......................................................................................34 Failure of the Courts and Other Dispute Resolution Mechanisms.................................36 Retaliation and Reprisals for Local Complaints.................................................................40 V. Abuses Against Petitioners in Beijing.................................................................................43 A. The “Retrievers”................................................................................................................46 The Impact of the May 1 Regulations.............................................................................51 Case Study: “They did all this to keep me from petitioning”......................................52 B. Arbitrary Detention of Petitioners Without Trial.........................................................55 Reeducation Through Labor.............................................................................................56 C. The Role of Beijing Police................................................................................................61C....
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