China scraps homosexuality ban in prisons
Beijing: China has scrapped a ban on homosexuality in prisons, an official said.
The justice ministry has rewritten the national code of conduct for prison inmates, eliminating ban on homosexuality and other lifestyles and practices that were previously not allowed in prisons, Xinhua reported Thursday.
The revision was made in view of the human rights of the prison inmates, said Feng Cangjian, a senior official.
Prisons in Beijing have also banned officials from ordering inmates to squat with both hands crossed behind their heads, a practice that is commonly used to demoralize inmates who are entering prison for the first time, Feng said at a forum.
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