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BBC Chinese: China Abolished the Labor Camp System

BBC Chinese recently reported that China’s People’s Congress passed a resolution that put an end to the Reeducation through Labor Camp System. The system had been in effect for over fifty years. It allowed the police to “jail” any “suspicious” people in the Camp system for as long as four years without going through a court. Many people were held in these camps for longer than four years. These “suspects” lost their freedom entirely and were forced to do heavy labor work as well as to receive “reeducation.” For a long time, human rights groups all over the world have been targeting this Camp System with their criticism. Though it has finally ended, people still question whether the system has taken on another, different form of “life” such as “Rule of Law Awareness Study Classes.” 
Source: BBC Chinese, December 28, 2013