China mulls abolition of re-education through labor

Dec 28, 2013 by

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is also considering abolishing the country’s “laojiao,” or re-education through labor system.

The current motion points out that, for over 50 years, the system played a historically important role in safeguarding public security, maintaining social stability and correcting illegal behavior. But constant improvements to the legal system means the historical mission of laojiao has been completed.

Vice Minister of Public Security Yang Huanning, who explained the motion to lawmakers, said that once laojiao is abolished, the State Council will organize departments to do the jobs required by the annulment of the system, including setting free those still in the labor camps, reassigning police in charge of laojiao and changing locations to other purposes.

The system was first established back in 1957. Re-education through labor dealt with minor offenders whose crimes did not warrant court proceedings. It allowed detention for up to four years without an open trial.

via China mulls abolition of re-education through labor CCTV News – CNTV English.

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