Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The Dui Hua Foundation has a good report on a document recently issued by the Central Political-Legal Commission on avoiding injustices in criminal cases. The main thrust of the document is that investigators, prosecutors, and courts should pay more attention to the rights of defendants and to problems with evidence. Interestingly, the document also cites the need to keep the criminal process free of external influences such as "stability preservation" and public opinion. Whether that can actually happen is another matter, of course, since it is the government itself that has established a system whereby officials are punished for failure to meet "stability preservation" goals. Since there is little I can add to Dui Hua's commentary, I'll say no more and just recommend you read the report. It includes an English translation and a link to the original Chinese.