January 1, 2008
Political arrests up in 2006
The just-published 2007 China Law Yearbook reveals that in 2006 state prosecutors approved the arrest of 604 individuals detained by public security and state security police in ESS [i.e., "endangering state security"] cases, up from 296 in 2005. This marks the highest number of ESS arrests in China since 2002.
Obviously, there are also cases that don't get reported, as well as what are effectively political cases brought under a non-political rubric (e.g., convicting Chen Guangcheng of obstructing traffic).
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I expect to see these numbers rise for 2007 and way more in 2008, the year to promote harmony in China for the Olympic Games.
Posted by: Larry | Jan 1, 2008 7:37:42 AM