China's “Reeducation Through Labor” System?
Earlier reports of new Chinese security leader Meng Jainzhu announcing to end their Reeducation Through Labor system has been withdrawn from websites. However, the subject has continued raising questions about China’s notorious labor camps. Human rights activists and former political prisoners are not so optimistic and Harry Wu, the head of Laogai Foundation, believes Laogai system stays as long as the Chinese communist party remains in power. At the same time, as Meing’s statement appeared at the time of China’s leadership change, the curiosity of scholars keeps the debate about whether the Laogai will end or not continues.