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Comments on the Amendment to the Criminal Procedure Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft)

September 28, 2011

This open letter (CH) from Lu Qing (路青), the wife of Ai Weiwei (艾未未), to the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress (NPC) urges that the NPC not adopt the Draft Amendment without dropping several exceptional provisions that would allow the authorities to execute residential surveillance on, detain, and arrest individuals without informing their family members. Lu states that the Draft Amendment should confine the police's arbitrary power, so that citizens can be protected by law when they face public power and that their rights enshrined in the constitution can be realized.