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Lawyers calling for reform of laojiao system

Updated: 2012-08-16 08:15
By Zhao Yinan ( China Daily)

Prominent lawyers are joining those now calling on China to reform its controversial laojiao system, or re-education through labor system, which allows suspects to be sentenced to forced labor without first undergoing a trial.

The system, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, again became the center of a fierce debate after it had been used to detain a mother who was appealing for justice in her daughter's rape case.

Ten legal professionals sent an open letter to the government on Tuesday warning that the punishment can lead to abuses of power.

Lawyers calling for reform of laojiao system