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China legislators vote to end labour camps

Published on Dec 24, 2013 9:46 PM

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.

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