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Laojiao, China’s shame, where 50 million people have been detained
Administrative detention in laojiao centres is often due to petty crimes but also to causing “trouble” or demanding justice. In all cases though, it entails forced labour. Unofficial estimates put to the current number of people in laojiao facilities at 500,000. Up to 50 million have gone through them since the 1950s.
UN believes China might abolish forced labour
International Labour Organisation says the Communist government is planning to abandon its ‘re-education through labour’ policy. But for a China Labour Bulletin official there is no real sign of change.
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.
Chongqing: authorities to let lawyers represent lagoai inmates
In an unprecedented move, authorities in one Chinese province will open re-education–through–labour camps to lawyers who will be able to represent people facing detention without trial.
Lawyers beaten and arrested for inquirying into the death of a Falun Gong member
The two Beijing attorneys were guests of the family of Jiang Xiqing, 66, who died in detention. The authorities claim he died of a heart attack; the family says the official version is full of inaccuracies.
Underground bishop, a “humble but extraordinary pastor”, dies at 103
Mgr Meng, underground bishop of Nanning, was the country’s oldest prelate. For Fr Giancarlo Politi, missionary with the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions and a China expert, the prelate led a life till the end with “out of the ordinary vitality” despite spending 25 years in a laogai camp. Bishop appointments are increasingly becoming a problem with little “chance of solving the issue in the near future.”
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