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Weibo survey on re-education through labor. It reads, “Labor re-education is a form of punishment administered according to the relevant laws and regulations of the State Council. Under the system, public security organs do not need a trial to convict someone of a crime, and may immediately put the criminal suspect into a re-education labor camp for up to four years, where (s)he is subjected to restrictions on his/her personal liberties, forced labor and ideological education. Many scholars believe the system had a positive effect during a specific moment in Chinese history, but that it is no longer suitable. The system has therefore come under increased scrutiny. The situation became even more prominent after the abolition of the custody and repatriation system.” Over 97% of respondents believe “re-education through labor must be abolished immediately,” while almost 3% think “the system is good and practical” and “should not be abolished.”

August 7, 2012 12:49 PM
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