Se­cret de­ten­tions re­stricted — on pa­per

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BEI­JING | China’s au­thor­i­tar­ian gov­ern­ment is re­strict­ing the po­lice’s power to se­cretly de­tain peo­ple, at least on pa­per, an­nounc­ing stricter re­vi­sions to a key crim­i­nal law Thurs­day af­ter a wave of public com­plaints.

Schol­ars wel­comed the changes, say­ing they will of­fer bet­ter pro­tec­tion of sus­pects and re­flect in­creas­ing aware­ness in China of the need for stronger de­tainee rights.

The for­mal in­tro­duc­tion of the re­vised crim­i­nal pro­ce­dure law to the na­tional leg­is­la­ture ends a half-year of spec­u­la­tion and de­bate about whether the gov­ern­ment would give po­lice the le­gal au­thor­ity to do some­thing they have long done ex­trale­gally: dis­ap­pear peo­ple for months at

a time with­out telling their fam­i­lies.

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