The country’s military has cracked down on dissidents who dare to criticize the military’s actions in the war on terror.
The crackdown has resulted in at least five detainees being held for days at a detention center, including one woman who was released last week after serving 10 days.
A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) released Tuesday found that at least eight detainees were detained for more than a month without charge in August 2016, during the height of the countrys war on terrorism.
According to the report, three detainees were tortured, including a man who said he was beaten and his genitals mutilated.
Human Rights Watch said the prison was “a sham, designed to hold suspects for indefinite periods of time without trial.”
“The military has repeatedly called for reforms in detention facilities, but so far, none has happened,” HRW’s report said.
“These facilities are not prisons, and prisoners must be free to exercise their fundamental human rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.”
Chinese state media reported last week that the government has detained at least three people over allegations of using “false names” in order to keep them out of prison.
The state-run Global Times said on Tuesday that the military has also detained “several activists” who have criticized the government on social media.
“They have accused us of spreading false information about the military, and we have been forced to respond by putting pressure on the military to reveal more details,” a source familiar with the situation told the Global Times.
“But this pressure has not been effective, as so far no one has been punished.”
According to reports, the crackdown on dissidents is being conducted without public transparency.
According the report: “A number of people are currently being detained for the third time under the so-called ‘False Names’ law, which is intended to punish and punish in a way similar to the ones used to suppress protests in Tiananmen Square.”
The report said the law has been used “to punish and prosecute people for social media posts critical of the government, as well as activists who have criticised the military.”
In addition to the detainees, Human Rights Now reported on Tuesday a third detainee was released from detention in August, and that he had spent five days in custody.
The group said that three other people were detained in August for a total of seven days without charge.
The report found that in August a total number of five detainees had been released from the detention center since being detained in September 2015, including two who had spent seven days in detention.
The government did not provide further details about the detainees.HRW’s investigation found that there is “no independent and impartial investigation of abuses committed against detainees in China’s political and security prisons.”