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China's "shame parade" ban reflects better protection of rights, dignity: expert

07-30-2010 10:26 BJT

BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- China's recent ban on "prostitute parades" may showcase the country's growing respect for human rights and dignity during law enforcement, especially for criminal suspects, a political advisor said here Thursday. News recap >>

The "shame parades" had not only been humiliating, but also were in violation of Chinese laws and regulations, said Cao Yisun, a professor with the China University of Political Science and Law, and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Earlier this week, China's Ministry of Public Security published a notice demanding police authorities end the public shaming of prostitution suspects by parading them through the streets and other humiliating practices.

The notice followed a number of incidents in which police had employed questionably harsh methods during the campaign to crackdown on prostitution, launched by the ministry on June 22.

In one case, in Dongguan of southern Guangdong Province, the police released photos of two suspected prostitutes, walking in their bare feet, handcuffed and with a rope tied around their waist.

And in Hubei Province's Wuhan, the police posted a public notice on prostitutes giving their names, their age, the names of their clients and other personal information.

 


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