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Web China: Proposed labor camp reform wins online support


09:20, January 09, 2013

BEIJING, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- News regarding upcoming reforms for the controversial re-education through labor system has won overwhelming public support on the Internet.

China's central authority on Monday disclosed a vague resolution on "pushing forward the reform of the system this year."

The controversial system allows police to detain people for up to four years without an open trial, leading experts and legal professionals to argue that it is unconstitutional and neglects due procedure.

The news quickly became the focus of discussions on Chinese social networking services on Monday afternoon, with some predicting that the system could be suspended or abolished within the year.

Columnist Wang Xiaoshan wrote on Sina Weibo, a popular microblogging site, that the controversial custody and repatriation system, which forces urban homeless to enter government-run holding and deportation stations and leave the cities for their hometowns, was abolished after being exposed by media reports, adding that similar results could be expected for the labor camp system.

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