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An amendment to China’s residential surveillance law may threaten freedom of expression by legalizing secret detentions, allowing police to hold suspects for up to six months in “secret locations” in cases involving terrorism, corruption and “national security.” Police would need permission to detain suspects in an unknown location, and would not be required to contact the suspect's family or legal counsel. The National People’s Congress will decide in March 2012 whether to approve the amendment or not.

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Annie Wilcox Boyajian is Director of Advocacy at Freedom House, and leads Freedom House’s advocacy to the U.S. government and collaboration with American human rights groups.

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