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  1. News - China - GOVERNANCE

    NPC Standing Committee to debate approval of one-child policy, labour camp reforms

    Posted Dec 23rd 2013, 01:31pm by He Huifeng

    ... a labour camp system and relaxing the decades-long one-child policy are among the highly watched proposals that the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee is expected to discuss ... or re-education through labour, and a birth policy resolution as among the bills and drafts that China’s top lawmaking body will discuss at its sixth meeting till Sunday. Both reforms were announced ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1388972/npc-standing-committee-debate-approval-one-child-policy-labour-camp
  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    End of China's labour camps won't halt government abuse of power

    Posted Nov 25th 2013, 06:57pm by Chang Ping

    ... of a government crackdown on petitioners, protesters and Falun Gong practitioners to "maintain stability". Take, for example, the torture uncovered at Liaoning's Masanjia labour camp. Former inmates of the women's camp told of horrifying punishment, including having electric batons and toothbrushes shoved into their vaginas. Since re-education through labour ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1365399/end-chinas-labour-camps-wont-halt-government-abuse-power
  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Plenum pledge won't make scrapping China's labour camps any easier

    Posted Nov 19th 2013, 07:30pm by Jerome Cohen, MARGARET LEWIS

    ... alone can sentence anyone for as much as three years of detention in a labour camp, with a possible one-year extension. Police don't need the approval of any court or even the agreement ... to not more than a year or 18 months. Some suggested converting re-education through labour into a type of factory or boarding school rather than labour camp, allowing inmates to return home ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1360264/plenum-pledge-wont-make-scrapping-chinas-labour-camps-any
  4. News - China - JUSTICE

    Labour camps may become a thing of a past, but what will replace them?

    Posted Nov 05th 2013, 02:36am by Verna Yu

    ... will replace the work camps? When Mao Hengfeng heard that the police had stopped sending people to laojiao, or re-education through labour, she felt a sense of relief. Mao, a petitioner from Shanghai, ... introduction in 1957, re-education through labour has given police the power to send petty offenders- such as prostitutes, cult members and government critics- to labour camps for up to four years, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1347815/labour-camps-may-become-thing-past-what-will-replace-them
  5. News - China

    Guangzhou to empty labour camps: state media

    Posted Sep 09th 2013, 03:13pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Guangzhou will close all labour camps Guangzhou plans to empty its hard-labour camps by year's end, state media reported yesterday, the latest locality to phase out the notorious punishment. Rights advocates have long complained that the "re-education through labour", or laojiao, system which lets police send suspects to work camps ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1306935/guangzhou-release-labour-camp-detainees-end-year
  6. News - China - COURTS

    Rape victim's mother Tang Hui wins damages over labour camp sentence

    Posted Jul 15th 2013, 09:48am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com Tang Hui awarded 2,941 yuan after nine days in a labour camp because she had 'upset social stability' in pursuit of justice for her daughter Rape ... in a case against labour camp authorities in Hunan province. Tang Hui was sentenced to 18 months of re-education through labour at a camp in Yongzhou last year. She was released after just over ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1283035/rape-victims-mother-tang-hui-wins-appeal-landmark-labour-camp
  7. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Labour camp inmate attacks payout for 'mishandled' case over online Bo Xilai joke

    Posted Jul 07th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Zhai

    ... in a labour camp for publishing a provocative comment online during the heyday of disgraced party boss Bo Xilai. The Bishan county court ordered the government to pay Huang Chengcheng, 134,000 yuan ... serving 21 months in a labour camp, said he was disappointed that court's award had fallen far short of his demand for 680,000 yuan. "I'm not satisfied with the compensation," ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1276960/labour-camp-inmate-attacks-payout-mishandled-case-over-online-bo-xilai
  8. News - China - JUSTICE

    Petition mother Tang Hui clears hurdle in court appeal over labour camp imprisonment

    Posted May 20th 2013, 02:05pm by Ernest Kao

    ... labour, or  laojiao, camp for 18 months last August. Her verdict was overturned because of public outcry, and she was released after nine days in camp. A previous appeal filed earlier this year ... “re-education through labour” commission apologise and pay back 2,463 yuan (HK$3,114) in “economic compensation” for her time spent there, Xinhua News reported on Monday. “I am not appealing just ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1241906/petition-mother-tang-hui-clears-hurdle-court-appeal-over-labour-camp
  9. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Authorities reject report on torture at women's labour camp in Liaoning

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 03:02pm by Chris Luo

    ... Chris Luo chris.luo@scmp.com Report on torture at labour camp rejected Liaoning authorities have lashed back at a news report alleging torture at a women's labour camp, calling ... two weeks ago, giving a rare glimpse inside the Masanjia women's labour camp in Liaoning. Headlined Walking Out of Masanjia, the lengthy report accused officers of torturing and using ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/1220627/liaoning-authority-torture-claims-female-labour-camps-malicious-fabrication
  10. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    Films document horror of labour camps 50 years ago and today

    Posted May 01st 2013, 12:00am by Verna Yu

    ... Verna Yu verna.yu@scmp.com One tells of starving children slaving in Sichuan forest, the other of women's modern-day torture Films document labour camp hell then and now When Xie Yihui read about the deaths of many children in a Sichuan "re-education through labour" camp in the early 1960s, she was horrified. She had been reading an account by Zeng Boyan, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1227061/films-document-horror-labour-camps-50-years-ago-and-today

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