Senior Chinese leader stresses human rights
Senior leader Zhou Yongkang has urged police officers and members of the judiciary to raise awareness of protecting human rights while fighting crime in China.
Zhou, secretary of the Committee of Political and Legislative Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the call while presiding over a Symposium on the revised Criminal Procedure Law held on Friday in Beijing.
Adopted in March during China's annual legislative session, the revised Law includes the phrase "respecting and protecting human rights" in its first chapter on basic principles.
Zhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, said equal importance should be attached to punishing crimes and protecting human rights.
He said all convictions must be backed by evidence and all evidence must be proven authentic through legal procedures.
The Law says that confessions and other evidence extorted through illegal means such as torture should not be heard during trials.
Zhou also stressed efficiency in handling criminal cases and preventing judicial corruption.
He requested relevant authorities to draft or modify more rules in accordance with the newly amended Criminal Procedure Law in a bid to ensure effective law enforcement.
China's current Criminal Procedure Law was enacted in 1979 and first amended in 1996.