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Labour camps in China

China labour camps set to be abolished, legal official confirms

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.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

End of forced labour hailed, but some fear it may return in another form

Legal experts and rights groups welcomed reports this week about ending re-education through labour, but are concerned that another unjust punishment system will take its place as long as stability remains the Communist Party's overarching priority.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Legal reforms a 'litmus test' of Xi Jinping's commitment to change

The Communist Party's proposed reforms to the legal system, particularly one to "halt" the controversial re-education through labour system, will prove a major litmus test of new leader Xi Jinping's oft-repeated commitment to transparency and the rule of law, analysts say.

And the latest development is just a first step, they added.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

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

To call re-education through labour an affront to the rule of law is an understatement. It is a grotesque perversion of the rule of law, to the point of being used by police to lock up people even after they have been found innocent by the courts.

9 Jan 2013 - 6:32am

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

In a clear reversal of a decades-old practice of human rights abuse, China announced on Monday that it would put a stop to the system of “re-education through labour”, or  labour camps, in 2013.

7 Jan 2013 - 9:49pm 2 comments