A 45-year-old human rights lawyer who has spent many years concerned with the issue of China's so-called "black jails" where citizens are subjected to human rights violations was severely beaten by guards while recently detained, it was learned by Saturday.
Tang Jitian, who was released last Sunday, told Kyodo News in Beijing of the violence he was subjected to, such as being physically assaulted at a police station in the northern province of Heilongjiang while facing such threats as having his kidneys removed alive.
Tang said he suffered serious injuries including broken ribs as a result of being subjected to fierce torture such as being punched and kicked by guards while in detention.
The black jails are a network of extralegal detention centers set up by Chinese security forces mainly to detain, without trial, petitioners seeking redress for grievances unresolved at the local level over such issues as land confiscation.
The current state of such facilities including their number is not clearly known, but international human rights groups began focusing attention on them around 2003....