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Black Jails

Rare victory for petitioners as 10 hired thugs are convicted over 'black jail'

A Beijing court yesterday sentenced 10 people to prison for illegally detaining petitioners in a "black jail" after they tried to lobby the central government to handle their grievances - a rare victory for petitioners who are often subject to abuse.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 5:22am

Sister speaks out after Henan petitioner beaten to death by black guards

A petitioner from China’s central Henan province died in Beijing after he was beaten by guards, media reported a month after the death. Now the sister of the victim is looking for justice.

12 Dec 2012 - 3:40pm 1 comment

Beijing didn't release 70,000 illegally detained petitioners

Clarification from the human rights group which first quoted the number and other media follow-up work suggests that Beijing was just making room for new captives.

6 Dec 2012 - 8:24am

Many freed from Beijing's biggest 'black jail'

Hundreds of petitioners have been released from one of Beijing's biggest "black jails" - detention centres where people from across the country are illegally detained after petitioning against local injustices.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:33am 1 comment

Beijing black jail 'releases thousands of petitioners'

A notorious Beijing detention centre known to illegally hold petitioners released thousands of prisoners on Tuesday, according to a source and media reports. 

5 Dec 2012 - 2:08pm 3 comments

China media retract report of black jail sentences

Chinese state media said on Monday that a court has yet to sentence 10 defendants for the highly sensitive crime of illegally detaining people seeking to have their complaints heard, retracting earlier reports.

3 Dec 2012 - 3:41pm

Beijing's good legal news turns out to be fake news

The story that 10 operators of a 'black jail' run by a city in Henan were convicted in Beijing has gone from news-of-the-day to being declared fake news by People's Daily, with follow-up reports disappearing and a ruling in the case even yet to be delivered.

3 Dec 2012 - 9:38am

Beijing court jails 10 for illegally detaining petitioners

A Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to up to 18 months in jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare case of the judiciary taking on the shadowy men who operate on the margins of the law.

2 Dec 2012 - 5:36pm

Petitioners languish for weeks in Beijing 'black jail'

The three petitioners from the central province of Hunan were held in Beijing for more than a month in a 'black jail' linked to their local government despite a crackdown on such secret detention facilities.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing Blitz takes aim at notorious 'black jails'

Beijing police are cracking down on security firms that profit from illegally detaining petitioners trying to air their grievances in the capital.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am