Chinese province of Henan admits unlawful detention centres for petitioners
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese province on Friday admitted running unlawful "discipline centres" to detain petitioners - months after the country abolished labour camps often used to lock them up.
Authorities in the central province of Henan have been running "discipline centres" in various areas, said a report by the official news agency Xinhua, posted on the website of the province's Communist Party committee overseeing law and politics.
They had been set up to fulfil province-wide instructions issued in 2008 "to adopt various methods of education and discipline to deal with local abnormal petitioners headed to Beijing", the report said.
Many were shut in recent years, it added. "But certain areas maintained them and even took it upon themselves to hang up 'discipline centre' signs. This behaviour did not comply with legal regulations."