Inside China's secret 'black jails'
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Beijing : China | Mar 13, 2012 at 12:54 AM PDT
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At the National People’s Congress the Chinese regime is set to pass a landmark criminal procedure law to provide more rights to detainees. The law sets what powers police have in detaining suspects.

Authorities must now notify the families of people held under residential surveillance -- one of Beijing's versions of house arrest -- within 24 hours, except when the families cannot be reached, granting suspects immediate access to a lawyer.Many activists placed under such surveillance have been placed in hotels or apartments known as black jails and are often tortured.

Melissa Chan joins relatives of the missing seeking answers about their family members at one such facility in Beijing in this Al Jazeera exclusive.

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