25 minute discussion of #RSDL and today's China on Swiss (italian) public radio, with input from Peter Dahlin and Michael Caster
by Gabriele Battaglia
Wednesday 11 July 2018
It is called "residential surveillance in a designated place" (Rsdl), is a form of extrajudicial detention included in the code of Chinese criminal procedure in 2012. The formula may remember the house arrest, but it is not: with the "residential surveillance", anyone considered to be a danger to national security can disappear for up to six months, in isolation, inside prison centers operating outside the judiciary.
In 2017, some human rights activists published a book that for the first time collects eleven testimonies of people who have gone through this system of "forced disappearances". It is called "The people's republic of the disappeared".
In an interview with the authors of the book, "Laser" tells you what the RSDL is and the experiences of those who have lived it on their skin.
The narrative voices are:
. Teng Biao , a lawyer for human rights. Arrested twice, in 2008 and 2011, he is now at Harvard as a visiting scholar. He is also the author of the introduction of the book.
. Peter Dahlin , activist of the NGO China Action, an organization that provided advice and legal support to human rights lawyers. Dahlin, a Swedish national, was arrested on 4 January 2016, placed under "residential surveillance" and then released 20 days later and immediately expelled from China, after a confession broadcast on national television, which he later retracted.
. Michael Caster , former China Action activist and curator of "The people's republic of the disappeared".
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