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Conference: An Alleyway in Hell: China's Abusive "Black Jails"

November 11, 2009

A New Report by Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
November 9, 2009

News Conference Invitation ***

Human Rights Watch is pleased to invite you to a news conference on
November 12 to release a new report, "An Alleyway in Hell."

Since 2003, large numbers of Chinese citizens have been held
incommunicado for days or months in secret, unlawful detention
facilities. These facilities, known informally as "black jails," are
created and used primarily by local and provincial officials to
detain petitioners who come to Beijing and provincial capitals
seeking redress for complaints that are not resolved at lower levels
of government. Public security officials in Beijing and other cities
have not intervened to close the jails and, in at least some
instances, have directly assisted black jail operators.

Dr. Sophie Richardson will speak about the report. She will also be
available for questions about President Barack Obama's first official
visit to China and the US government's human rights policies.

What: Release of Human Rights Watch report, "An Alleyway in Hell:
China's Abusive 'Black Jails'"

Who:  Sophie Richardson, Asia advocacy director, Human Rights Watch

When: November 12, 2009 at 12:45 p.m.

Where: Foreign Correspondents' Club Hong Kong
        2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong

For more on Human Rights Watch reporting on China, please visit:

For more information and to schedule interviews, please contact:

In Hong Kong, Sophie Richardson (English, Mandarin): +1-917-721-7473
(mobile); or +852-6604-9792 (mobile)

Hong Kong, Nicholas Bequelin (English, French, Mandarin):
+852-8198-1040 (mobile)

In Hong Kong, Phelim Kine (English, Mandarin): +852-9074-3179 (mobile)

In London, Brad Adams (English): +44-20-7713-2767; or +44-7908-728-333 (mobile)

In New York, Minky Worden (English, Cantonese): +1-212-216-1250

Note to journalists: The full report is embargoed until the news
conference. Copies of the entire report in English will be available
at the news conference.
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