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House Arrest Expands Dramatically During Xi Jinping Era

Chinese police have dramatically increased their use of house arrest during Xi Jinping’s ten years in power according to the new report “Home as Prison: The Increasing use of House Arrest in China” by Safeguard Defenders,an NGO based in Madrid. Through searching the official Chinese database on verdicts and court decisions, China Judgement Online, Safeguard Defenders identified 270,000 instances of Residential Surveillance (RS), the legal term for house arrest, since 2013 but estimated that the real number of people subject to legal RS is far higher, between 560,000 to 860,000.

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