China: Re-education through labour at end

2013-01-07 16:00

Beijing - China plans to abolish its controversial "re-education through labour" system this year, the ruling Communist Party's top security official said on Monday.

The National People's Congress, the party's nominal state parliament, would be asked to approve the abolition of the system, which allows imprisonment of up to three years without trial, state media quoted Meng Jianzhu as telling a meeting of top judicial and security officials.

China has debated the future of "re-education through labour" for more than a decade, with many experts and even government officials arguing that it violates the national constitution.

Sentences to labour camps were given to people convicted of minor offences without trial, and to dissidents, legal petitioners and members of illegal religious groups.

Meng's promise on Monday followed growing pressure to abolish the system, which has been used since the 1950s, from rights activists, legal scholars and international rights groups.

  • fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 16:19

    It's always possible and advisable that reforms should come from within, steadily and peacefully, and not be exported to other countries using bombs! Well done China!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-07 20:14

      . "REFORMS" in China, are ONLY possible because it is forced onto its people. The budget, that NO ONE steps out of line, is MORE than the entire Chinese military budget !!! There is only one end to this nightmare; IT WILL IMPLODE and one will see the MOTHER OF ALL REGIME CHANGES !!!!!!!!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-07 21:33

      Can someone please parse this into English, my head is hurting!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-08 03:40

      . Although good at the English language, you are soo pathethically dumb, that it is doubtfull you understand your own claptrap !!

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-07 16:29

    Well done! I wonder how many people suffered through this in the last 60 years?

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