On April 21, the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China (CECC) commissioners sent a letter to Claude Heller, Chair of the United Nations Committee Against Torture, urging him not to allow the Chinese government to delay the report on the Convention Against Torture.

According to CECC, the Chinese government was obligated to submit the report by December 2019, but for which it remains outstanding up to now.

CECC said in the letter that the human rights situation in China had demonstrably worsened since the committee’s last review in 2015, especially in the Xinjiang region.

The letter stated that in the Concluding Observations in 2015, the CECC expressed grave concerns “over consistent reports indicating that the practice of torture and ill-treatment is still deeply entrenched in the criminal justice system [in China], which overly relies on confessions as the basis for convictions.”

The letter added, “former detainees, including those of mass internment camps in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), have documented the prevalence of torture in extrajudicial detention facilities in recent years. Regrettably, credible reports postdating the Concluding Observations continue to show that torture and ill-treatment of detainees at the hands of Chinese government officials have not abated.”

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