China’s communist party leadership concluded an important agenda setting meeting in Beijing on 11/12. The decisions made at this meeting are unclear that at the third plenum of the 18th communist party central committee conclave, including changes to the one china policy, market reforms and the abolition of the practice of reeducation. Through labor independent media have no access to the proceedings and even analysts able to read official party documents weren’t completely sure of what they meant. “Native Chinese found it very difficult” to say whether the party’s statement on market reforms represented a meaningful change.
China has not abolished prison labor. Reeducation through labor (RTL) is an administrative rather than judicial practice officials use to sentence people for up to four years without a trail. People considered political threats. Estimates of the number of inmates incarcerated in RTL facilities range form 160,000 to 190,000. in its human rights country report on China for 2012., the US state dept. cited the official Chinese figure of 1.64 million for the number of inmates in the vast prison system, which also uses forced labor, while acknowledging that the actual member in unknown. `
“Chinese authorities have increased the use of other tools, such as criminal detention and black jails and the CCP wants to replace RTL with community correction of unlawful behaviors’, giving a green light to local authorities to punish those under their jurisdiction including dissidents and whistle-lowers.”
The national peoples congress is subordinate to the party!
An anticorruption campaign he (Xi) unleashed earlier this year appears designed more to sideline political rivals than to tackle abuses. Such independent anticorruption initiatives were explicitly mentioned in a secret party memorandum, known as “document number 9,” rallying party cadres against the “western forces hostile to the country and dissidents within the country”.
Chinese authorities in late 2008, Liu Xiaobo 1980’s political reforms for which the communist party took credit were brought about by pressure “from the bottom up” rather than a desire from china’s top leasers to change the system. Misunderstanding developments in a opaque, one-party dictatorship can lead to misplaced hopes for the country’s future and blindness to the real force of change.
Source—weekly standard, ellen bork