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why damning report on the scale of physical abuse by police in china the u. s. based charity human rights watch sketching out pictures of painful interrogations based on real accounts from nearly fifty former detainees as well as lawyers and ex officials one brutal device the so called tiger chair where prisoners are strapped for hours even days without food another shocking practice suspects interrogated while shackled to a window grill the one hundred and forty five page report also says prisoners are often showed to the floor and beaten with batons , sophie richardson and human rights watch says suspects can often be tortured until they admit to a crime , and it's very difficult , i think to shift , the mindset within the judicial system in china away from confessions as , it's literally referred to in chinese is the king of evidence , you know and so , i think the police go through the day thinking , we've got a suspect will get a confession that will get a conviction the chinese will convict on the basis of the confessional on and we're done , according to the report chinese law gives the police excessive powers over the country's courts and suspects can be held in detention centers for more than a month with zero communication not even with a lawyer personal accounts are harrowing one former detainee saying quote i was hung like a dog