Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Monday, May 28, 2007

State-sanctioned kidnapping

Here's a good article by Mark Magnier of the Los Angeles Times about the system for rounding up petitioners who come to Beijing and sending them back to their home provinces. To call this state-sanctioned kidnapping is not a metaphor or an exaggeration; it's just a factual description. Restrictions of personal liberty must, under Chinese law, be authorized by a law passed by the National People's Congress or its Standing Committee, and I know of no such law that authorizes the practice described in this article.

For a detailed study of the petitioning system, see this blog post and this article, both by Carl Minzner.

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