Talk of Labor Camp Reform, But Change Unlikely

15 October, 2012 at 07:00 | Posted in China, Falun Dafa/Falun Gong, human rights, persecution, slave labor camps | 4 Comments
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By Chen Juncun & Virginia Wu
Epoch Times Staff

On Oct. 9, the same day that the Chinese State Council issued white papers titled “Judicial Reform in China,” a press conference was held at 10 a.m. where Jiang Wei, the office head of the Central Leading Group for Judicial Reform, discussed information on the white papers and answered reporters’ questions.

Gao Rongrong was mutilated by electric batons in Longshan Forced Labor Camp in Shenyang City. She later died from torture. (

At the press conference, a reporter with the German newspaper Die Welt (The World) brought up the issue of China’s labor camp system, pointing out that the system was not addressed in the White Paper and asking why the problems existing in the labor camps have not yet been resolved despite many representatives of the People’s Congress advocating for its abolishment.

Jiang Wei replied that the labor camp system has played a role in “maintaining social order,” but admitted there are “regulatory problems” within the system. The labor camp system is frequently used to repress dissidents.

“We have come to a common agreement on labor camp reforms,” he said. “Relevant departments have conducted large amounts of research and taken the advice of experts and representatives of the People’s Congress in order to come up with a specific action plan.”

Critics say that the labor camp system disregards human rights and makes it convenient for police to abuse their power. In 2009, around 190,000 Chinese people were held in 320 labor camps nationwide, with another 1.6 million people in prison.

Originally established in the 1950s to suppress opponents of the government, the labor camp system today allows police to detain victims for three years without trial and to add another year if detainees “misbehave,” in the eyes of the Party.

Although the system is often used to punish drug abusers, prostitutes and other accused of misdemeanor crimes, it is also used to persecute political dissidents and Falun Gong practitioners.

Guo Jun, the editor-in-chief of the Chinese editions of The Epoch Times, was invited to speak at the 21st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, where she noted that: “In our investigation we found that prisoners, detained in labor camps and jails, were almost the sole source of transplant organs in China. The vast majority were practitioners of Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual practice.”

Arne Schwartz, a researcher of forced organ harvesting in China, said that informed estimates give the number of Falun Gong practitioners killed for their organs at 65,000. The organs were often harvested from the practitioners’ bodies before they died.

Read the original Chinese article.

via Talk of Labor Camp Reform, But Change Unlikely | Regime | China | Epoch Times

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  1. Just when I think I’ve seen how low men as monsters can be, i come across this. This is less a shock and more a confirmation as to just how irredeemable humans are.

    • Some people are just really evil, yes. How could you otherwise do evil things like this? Some doctors that have been forced to do these organ harvests on alive people have later killed themselves, I think two of them. So it’s also a question of a terror of a regime; CCP, Chinese Communist Party.

  2. This is absolutely disgusting. With all of the human rights laws we try to uphold in the states, we still see these torturous inhumanities in the nation that most of our goods come from.

    • Yes, many slave labour camps are registered as companies… If you want to manufacture goods in China it’s important to check how they have been produced. In the documentary “Free China” an american citizen that was arrested in China and put into labour camp described how he was forced to make Homer slippers. Of course with no salary…

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