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China Denies UN Investigator's Findings on Torture in China


China is denying a United Nations investigator's report of widespread torture in China, and accuses the envoy of jumping to conclusions.

Speaking Tuesday in Beijing, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said the U.N. rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak, presented a report that was not factual because he only visited three Chinese cities during his two-week visit.

The spokesman also denied Mr. Nowak's claim that Chinese officials obstructed his fact-finding mission, particularly when visiting detention centers.

Mr. Nowak told VOA that officials monitored his interviews with lawyers and family members of prisoners.

However, he said he was able to determine that torture is widespread, including beatings, the use of electric shock batons, and dunking in filthy water.

Mr. Nowak's visit to China included stops in Tibet and the Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang. The trip resulted from 10 years of negotiations.

Some information for thisr eport provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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