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Chinese Court: No More Confessions Through Torture

China's highest court has issued a directive aimed at stopping the widespread practice of extracting confessions through torture.The Supreme People's Court said Wednesday in a microblog post that "freezing, hunger, drying, scorching, fatigue and other illegal methods" should not be used.Though Chinese law already outlaws such practices, activists say coerced confessions are not uncommon in China, where conviction rates are near 100 percent.Some of the torture occurs within...

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