29 Sep '11, 3pm

Calling it the "KGB-isation" of China's police, former detainee @Hu_Jia chimes in about China's detention plan. @aiww

BEIJING (REUTERS) - One of China's most prominent dissidents, Hu Jia, has called on Chinese lawmakers to reject draft legislation that would cement police powers to hold activists in secret locations, saying it would only fuel public anger and worsen social conflict. Mr Hu, a vocal critic of China's restrictions on political dissent and advocate for rural victims of Aids, was released from jail in June after serving a three-and-a-half year term on subversion charges. In his first public comments since being freed, Mr Hu took aim at proposed amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code that could embolden authorities to go further with the kind of detentions which swept up human rights lawyers and veteran protesters earlier this year. In a letter to the country's largely rubber stamp parliament, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Mr Hu said the amendments amounted to the 'KG...

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