re-education through labour

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

File photo of prisoners used for manual labour near the city of Chongqing on the Yangtze River, Central China. Photo: SCMP/Mark Ralston

For Ren Jianyu and others like him, the abolition of the notorious system of re-education through labour, or laojiao, is no cause for celebration.

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013, 12:37pm 1 comment

Yunnan promises end to using re-education through labour to stifle protest

Yunnan province security chief Meng Sutie.

Yunnan security chief Meng Sutie's announcement suggests a possible end to all use of re-education through labour in the province.

6 Feb 2013 - 9:53am

People's Daily announces end to re-education through labour, but only for Guangdong

A formal decision is expected to be made in March at the annual NPC/CPPCC sessions in Beijing. Meanwhile, Guangzhou police advocate legalisation of caning.

31 Jan 2013 - 11:43am

Guangzhou mayor: I can't wait to make my assets public, if the order comes down

Guangzhou media reported yesterday that now both the city's mayor and police chief have agreed to publicly declare their assets, if Beijing decides to make the call.

24 Jan 2013 - 12:06pm

Regional heads of China's re-education through labour system have heard nothing from Beijing, say state media

Although any planned changes aren't likely to be formally announced before March, the retraction of the original statement combined with today's news confirms widespread scepticism.

16 Jan 2013 - 9:43am

Recently denied state compensation, Tang Hui still demands an investigation into two police officers she claims raped her daughter in 2006

Tang Hui, a mother of underage rape victim, talks to a reporter after being released from a labour camp on Aug. 10, 2012.  Photo: Xinhua

The two men her daughter was able to identify from among her many rapists, Tang says, are being protected by their police colleagues who refuse to launch an investigation.

14 Jan 2013 - 12:23pm