May 28, 2007
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.
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