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Penal System in China

Break the link

'Social order,' said William Ellery Channing, 'is better preserved by liberty, than by restraint.' Although the rights of the individual are legally recognised in mainland China, real progress towards a human rights regime which satisfies international norms is being hamp

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:23pm

Triumph and adversity

Although the Olympics drew great praise from the Chinese people, reviews abroad were mixed. To be sure, foreign observers were in awe, even shock, at Beijing's imaginative architecture, the impressive organisation and staging of the Games, and the stunning performances of China's athletes.

4 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Peasant leader given two years in labour camp

Re-education for activist who fought to recover seized farmland

A peasant leader who led a bold campaign to recover and privatise seized farmland in Heilongjiang province was sentenced to two years in a labour camp yesterday - ironically not for his campaign but for talking to foreign journalists.

18 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Pro-democracy activist detained in Beijing

Police in Beijing have detained an organiser of a massive open letter urging democratic reforms as tension rises ahead of the Communist Party's 17th National Congress next week.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Lawyers win role for people facing labour-camp cases

Chongqing has begun allowing lawyers to represent people facing detention in re-education-through-labour camps - an unprecedented move to shed light on the system's notoriously secret procedures.

4 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Doubts on labour camp law revamp

Rights groups are uncertain if it will help political and religious dissidents

China's move to reform the controversial re-education through labour, or laojiao, system this year will be good news for minor offenders, but rights groups doubt whether political and religious dissidents will benefit.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Kinder face for notorious re-education camps

The mainland plans to reform its laojiao, or re-education through labour, system, turning it into a special education programme for young offenders, a legal expert said.

21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Deep and murky waters

News of the detention of Democratic Party candidate Alex Ho Wai-to on charges of procuring the services of a prostitute in Dongguan rocked Hong Kong, especially as he was sentenced to six months' re-education through labour without a trial.

24 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Reform-through-labour system may be dropped

The controversial system of reform through labour could be abolished after the annual National People's Congress session, a leading rights activist predicts.

29 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Inmate's death prompts calls for revamp of 'reform-through-labour' system

Pressure is growing for the central government to overhaul its 'reform-through-labour' system, following the violent death of an inmate at a labour re-education camp in Liaoning province.

24 Jul 2003 - 12:00am

Overdue reforms for 're-education' camps

China is considering introducing a law to more tightly control re-education through labour, a penal system that allows police to send people to labour farms for 're-education' without going through the courts.

5 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Inflating prisoner statistics counter-productive

The letter from Jeffrey Fiedler (South China Morning Post, March 23), attacking Richard Anderson's and my recent study of China's prison and labour reform systems, makes his distaste for our book evident.

30 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Liaison 'woeful' on prison exports

CHINA is not providing enough help under a US-Sino agreement on preventing exports made by prison labour, leading American officials to fear they cannot contain the problem, a new report says.

15 May 1995 - 12:00am

Club goes from crisis to pledges

FURTHER to our piece about the little identity crisis at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, ''60-day'' president Carl Goldstein tells us he will be standing down today, after dropping his correspondent status.

29 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

TVB delay on film screening attacked

A CONTROVERSIAL film about China's laogai or labour camps which Television Broadcasts (TVB) bought six months ago has yet to be screened, and legislators are criticising the delay as an act of self-censorship which betrays the rights of the public.

The legislative councillors yesterday even expressed alarm over what they called increasing media self-censorship.

22 May 1994 - 12:00am

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