» 05/01/2013, 00.00
CHINA - HONG KONG
Hong Kong celebrates May Day with anti-laojiao videos
Premiering today in Hong Kong and Taiwan, two documentaries focus on the survivors of China's brutal 're-education through labour' camps, set up by Mao to crush crime and political dissent. Old child inmates from the Dabao facility talk about eating earthworms to survive. Former prisoners from the Masanjia female camp tell a story of tortured bodies and souls.
NPC: Beijing promises to protect the environment, but censors pollution documentaries
Air, water and soil pollution dominated the first day of the National Peoples’ Congress. Xi Jinping will “punish with an iron hand" those breaking environmental laws. But authorities also block an online documentary (Under the dome) on the toxic blanket that cloaks China’s skies.
Chinese academics call for the abolition of the laogai, prison without trial
In a letter to the National People’s Congress and the Council of State, a group of Chinese scholars calls for the abolition of the ‘re-education through labour’ system. Established by Mao to deal with his adversaries, the system is now used by local authorities against anyone who might trouble them. For experts there is no social stability without justice.
One-child law and laojiaos, hopes and fears ahead of Plenum’s final document
Despite proclamations in national press, the touted reforms of Xi Jinping’s leadership have yet to be officially sealed. Analysts and experts divided between skepticism and optimism, while the number 3 of the Party appeals to "all to cooperate " to carry forward the plan passed by the Plenum. Either way it will not be implemented until 2020.
Guangzhou, state gulags to be closed by year’s end
The capital of the rich southern province of Guangdong confirms the approximately 100 detainees still held in forced labor camps will be released before 2014. But there are no religious personalities or political dissidents among them. It is not yet clear what will happen to the system of "re-education through labor" launched by Mao Zedong.
Forced labor camps, Party game continues amid announcements and denials
For the third time in a month an official voice of the Communist regime announces the closing of laojiao, the fields of "re-education through labor" set up by Mao Zedong to silence opposition and now used against Christians, Falun Gong practitioners and dissidents. The first two were denied in the following days. The struggle for reform inside the CCP.
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