China's Guangzhou to empty labour camps: Media
BEIJING (AFP) - The major Chinese city of Guangzhou will empty its hard-labour camps by year's end, state-run media said on Monday, as some localities phase out the unpopular punishment.
Critics say "re-education through labour", known as "laojiao" and which lets police issue sentences of up to four years without a trial, is open to abuse.
Some cities or provinces are moving away from laojiao while Premier Li Keqiang in March promised some reforms this year, although concrete nationwide steps have yet to be announced.
"All (100 or so) detainees in Guangzhou labour camps will have completed their sentences and be released by the end of the year," the China Daily reported, citing a senior judge in the southern city.