Attacks on Justice 2002: China

The human rights situation in China continued to deteriorate. Persecution and torture of members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement and members of political dissident groups continued.

A major campaign against crime led to a record number of executions and allegations of pressure on judges and lawyers to process large numbers of criminal defendants in a short time. Judges and lawyers continued to be controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. There was still no independent judiciary in Tibet. While the overall human rights situation in Hong Kong and Macao remained satisfactory, some concerns about the independence of the judiciary remained.

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