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  1. News - China

    China turns dark page of history, puts end to labour camps

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 02:03pm by Staff Reporter

    ... commonly known as labour camps, in 2013. A senior Chinese legal official told the Post that Meng Jianzhu, head of the Communist Party’s Poltiical and Legal Affairs Committee, told a meeting of judicial and legal officials from all over the country on Monday that the party had decided it would stop the practice of sending people to labour camps within the year. “The Central Committee has ...

  2. News - China

    China labour camps set to be abolished, legal official confirms

    Posted Jan 21st 2013, 01:59pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing China’s hugely controversial “re-education” labour camps are set to be abolished this year, state media quoted a senior legal official as saying on Monday. ... after the Communist Party’s newly installed leader Xi Jinping said the organisation recognised as a “pressing problem” that it was “out of touch with the people”. Opponents say the camps ...

  3. News - China - Labour camps

    Closure of China labour camps brings little solace to former prisoners in Chongqing

    Posted Nov 20th 2013, 12:35pm by Keith Zhai

    ... “The municipal government still thinks people like me are the major targets of ‘stability maintenance’,” said Ren, a labour camp victim from Chongqing who is now an online retailer, referring ... when their lives exploded on August 18, 2011, no one could quite believe it. On that summer day, Ren was sent without trial to a Chongqing labour camp for posting “subversive” microblog ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Ending re-education through labour would be a major advance for rule of law

    Posted Jan 09th 2013, 12:00am by RAY ODLUM

    ... labour camps, the petitioning system, the powers of the judiciary and the hukou, or household registration law, which denies social rights to rural migrants. The latter is the biggest obstacle to modernisation in the greatest urban migration the world has ever seen. Meng Jianzhu, the mainland's new security tsar, told the conference the labour-camp system would be halted after formal ...

  5. News - China - JUSTICE

    New forms of extrajudicial detention emerge to replace China’s labour camps

    Posted Feb 13th 2014, 12:46pm by MANDY ZUO

    ... Mandy Zuo mandy.zuo@scmp.com 'Reprimand centres' established in Henan province to replace re-education through labour camps, commonly used to detain petitioners with grievances against officials China’s notorious ‘re-education through labour camps’ have been replaced by “reprimand centres”, a new form of extrajudicial detention, in the central province of Henan. ...

  6. News - World - BRITAIN

    Referendum start of change for UK, say Scotland's 'Yes' and 'No' camps

    Posted Sep 19th 2014, 08:41am by Reuters

    ... base is in England and who have been all but wiped out in Scotland. But it is tricky for the opposition Labour Party, which relies on Scottish support in Westminster and whose last UK prime minister, Gordon Brown, was a Scot. It is hard to see a quick consensus emerging within months among major parties about a reform that could cost a future Labour government the power to pass laws ...

  7. News - Asia - NORTH KOREA

    US citizen Kenneth Bae sent back to labour camp after hospital treatment

    Posted Feb 08th 2014, 04:34pm by AFP

    ... citizen back in labour camp North Korea has moved imprisoned US citizen Kenneth Bae from hospital and back to a labour camp, which could complicate efforts to win his release. In an interview ... to topple the government. "The Department of State has learned that the DPRK [North Korea] transferred Mr Bae from a hospital to a labour camp, a development with which we are deeply ...

  8. News - China - COURTS

    Guangzhou vows new detention centres won't be like labour camps

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 01:44pm by DARREN WEE

    ... presiding judge of the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court, said the formation of the detention centres did not constitute a revival of the labour camp system but would help in plans ... formal trials and are applicable to those who broke the law. By contrast, labour camp was an administrative punishment and people could be sent there without necessarily breaking the law. Deputy ...

  9. News - China - JUSTICE

    China's labour camp system officially abolished

    Posted Dec 28th 2013, 10:27am by Keith Zhai

    ... Keith Zhai keith.zhai@scmp.com NPC Standing Committee officially abolishes system of 're-education' used to silence activists Labour camp sentences scrapped The mainland's ... meeting in Beijing, those still in labour camp time would be released and their remaining terms not enforced. "The labour camp system is a shame on China," said Huang Chengcheng, 31, ...

  10. News - China - HUMAN RIGHTS

    China continues rights abuses despite ditching labour camps, says Amnesty

    Posted Dec 17th 2013, 04:55pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... Reuters in Beijing China is increasingly using extra-judicial “black jails” and drug rehabilitation centres to punish people who would formerly have been sent to forced labour camps, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. China vowed last month to do away with hundreds of labour camps, as part of a landmark package of social and economic reforms. Official news ...




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