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  1. 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used to detain petitioners with grievances against officials China’s notorious ‘re-education through labour camps’ have been replaced by “reprimand centres”, a new form of extrajudicial detention, in the central province of Henan. ...

  2. News - China

    War veteran, 80, sent to labour camp for protests

    Posted Dec 05th 2012, 08:44pm by Agence France-Presse in Beijing

    ... the latest in a series of high-profile labour camp cases. Liu Chunshan, a veteran of the Chinese civil war and Korean war, was sent to a “re-education through labourcamp after he visited Beijing 37 ... Ren Jianyu, to two years in a labour camp for posting messages critical of the local government online. Last month he was released early. A government spokesman said in October ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. News - China

    China legislators vote to end labour camps, back change to one-child policy

    Posted Dec 24th 2013, 11:11pm by AFP

    ... voted on Tuesday to abolish “re-education through labourcamps introduced more than half a century ago, saying they had served their purpose. The standing committee of the rubber-stamp ... among a series of pledges after a key gathering in November. “Lawmakers acknowledged the important role laojiao (re-education through labour) had played in safeguarding public security, ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. News - World - RUSSIA

    Russia may build tourist camps on former gulag sites

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 12:26am by GDN

    ... proposed creating "tourist camps" on the sites of former gulags in a remote region of eastern Siberia. During the 1940s and 1950s, thousands of prisoners worked at forced labour camps ... place on earth. Officials agreed to co-operate in establishing tourist camps on the site of two labour camps, the M56 construction camp and another where the yellow mineral orpiment was mined. ...




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