Re-Education Through Labour

Petition mother Tang Hui clears hurdle in court appeal over labour camp imprisonment

Tang Hui in Changsha, Hunan province last month. Photo: AFP

The Provincial Higher People’s Court said on Sunday that it would review plaintiff Tang Hui’s lawsuit against Yongzhou authorities after she was sent to a labour camp for 18 months.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 3:57pm

Ending re-education through labour must lead to curbs on police powers

A woman in her dormitory at a re-education through labour centre in Jiangsu province. Photo: Imaginechina

The detested administrative punishment of "re-education through labour" may finally end this year. A proposal for reform tabled at a law and order work conference this month is said to have the central government's backing, and will take effect once the National People's Congress Standing Committee gives its nod.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:08am

Abolish China's labour camps, now

Prisoners used for manual labour near the city of Chongqing in Central China. Photo: SCMP

Imprisoning people for months and even years without trial clearly goes against the grain of the rule of law that the mainland is striving to attain. When the detention is in the name of "re-education", the practice is as much damaging as wrong.

31 Oct 2012 - 1:51pm 1 comment

July 1 protest pair sent to labour camp

Two mainland activists who were detained by police after taking part in the July 1 rally in Hong Kong and petitioning in Beijing were sentenced to one-year terms in a labour camp in Jiangxi yesterday.

24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Brave few who fight for rights of many

In Hong Kong, we may have freedom of the press, of speech, thought and assembly, but on the mainland, these rights exist only by the grace of the government. And the government rarely criticises itself.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Not a pretty picture

How the government of one-fifth of humanity punishes its own people continues to attract worldwide attention. Many foreign media reports concern human rights activists victimised by the mainland's blatantly unfair criminal justice system, such as artist Ai Weiwei. Others emphasise the faceless thousands executed every year for non-political offences.

10 May 2011 - 12:00am

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

UN claims detentions in Tibet violate rights law

THE United Nations has concluded that the Chinese Government has violated international human rights law by arbitrarily detaining 32 political prisoners in Tibet and has called for their release.

14 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Report condemns detention record

THE New York-based Human Rights in China (HRIC) has released a report which claims more than one million people are kept under arbitrary detention on the mainland.

4 Jun 1993 - 12:00am