Punches, Kicks and the ‘Dangling Chair’: Detainee Tells of Torture in China

Xie Yang with his wife, Chen Guiqiu. Mr. Xie, a human rights lawyer who has been detained since July 2015, gave detailed accounts of torture in interviews transcribed by his attorneys. Credit China Human Rights Defenders

BEIJING — Perched unsteadily on a stack of plastic stools in an isolated room, Xie Yang, a Chinese lawyer, was encircled day and night by interrogators who blew smoke in his face, punched and kicked him, and threatened to turn him into an “invalid” unless he confessed to political crimes, he has said.

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