China legislators vote to end labour camps
BEIJING (AFP) - China's top legislative committee voted on Tuesday to abolish "re-education through labour" camps introduced more than half a century ago, saying they had served their purpose.
The standing committee of the rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress, also supported the easing of another unpopular decades-old policy - the one-child limit.
The ruling Communist Party had announced the long-sought changes among a series of pledges after a key gathering in November.
"Lawmakers acknowledged the important role laojiao (re-education through labour) had played in safeguarding public security, maintaining social stability and correcting offenders," the state news agency Xinhua reported.