Legal disappearance: China moves to legitimize ‘disappearing’ of dissidents 

WHAT: Amendments proposed for China’s criminal procedure law would allow police to secretly detain suspects in major state security and corruption cases. Such confinements can last for six months without detainees’ families needing to be notified.

WHO: Even without a law, high-level detentions happen. Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo was held in a secret location for six months before being formally arrested. More recently, prominent artist Ai Weiwei was detained secretly for three months.

HOW IT WOULD WORK: Police could detain suspects on “house arrest” outside their homes to safeguard investigations of state security, terror and corruption. They would just need to get permission from a higher-level security agency or prosecutor.

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