China starts political reform

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”, more commonly known as labour camps, in 2013.

A senior Chinese legal official told the Post that Meng Jianzhu, head of the Communist Party’s Poltiical and Legal Affairs Committee, told a meeting of judicial and legal officials from all over the country on Monday that the Party had decided it would stop the practice of sending people to labour camps within the year.
Many local governments use labor camps to punish people who complain about having their land stolen. There was even a case where someone who complained about something in a tweet was sent to a labor camp. These abuses by tyrannical local officials will not end, but will be less severe.

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