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    A watchdog urged the Chinese authorities on Tuesday to immediately abandon a secretive detention system used as a part of anti-corruption campaign.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Chinese Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) and its local commissions usually target government officials, bankers, university officials, entertainment industry figures, most of whom are kidnapped and kept in hostels or other secret facilities.

    Apart from dozens of kidnapped and tortured detainees, there have been at least 11 deaths reported by the media since 2010, though in most cases authorities said it was a suicide.

    In 2015, Transparency International ranked China 83d out of 168 countries in its Corruption Perceptions Index.

    "President Xi has built his anti-corruption campaign on an abusive and illegal detention system. Torturing suspects to confess won’t bring an end to corruption, but will end any confidence in China’s judicial system," Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch, was quoted as saying in the press release.

    The human rights group issued a report called "Special Measures: Detention and Torture in the Chinese Communist Party’s Shuanggui System," which reveals details about abuses against corruption suspects to coerce confessions from them.

    "Those summoned are deprived of liberty for days, weeks, or months, during which time they are repeatedly interrogated and often tortured. Typically, shuanggui detention ends when the official confesses to corruption or other alleged disciplinary violations; some are then transferred to the regular criminal justice system for prosecution," the report said.

    The detainees are also deprived of sleep for a long time, food and water, are forced into stress positions.

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