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China Will Abolish Labor Camps & Relax One-Child Policy

Fri, November 15, 2013 7:43am EDT by 2 Comments
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China is taking steps to improve human rights in their country by abolishing labor camps — and relaxing their strict one-child policy! Read on for more details.

After Chinese Communist Party leaders had a four-day meeting that ended on Nov. 12 in Beijing, they announced major changes for their country’s labor camp and child-bearing policies in a new document, reports the Xinhua News Agency. What led to the adjustments?

China: Abolishing Labor Camps

Labor camp systems were originally set in place to punish citizens who denounced the Communist Party. Now, they are used by local law enforcement officials to place citizens who overtstep their bound on certain issues that include “land rights and corruption,” reports ABC News.

Labor camps are also called the “re-education through labor” system in China. Thousands of prisoners are imprisoned without a chance to go to trial. Now, labor camps will be abolished to try and improve human rights in the country, reports CNN.

The United Nations reports that the number of prisoners is close to 190,000, says the outlet.

As part of the reform, China said it will reduce the number of crimes subject to the death penalty.

China: Relaxing One-Child Policy

China’s attempt to improve human rights isn’t stopping at labor camps, though.

Also in the country’s policy document is a new family-planning rule. Now, couples can have two children if one of the parents is an only child.

The previous policy was strictly limited to couples having only one child, or two children for “rural families” if the first-born child is a girl, reports ABC.

Other past exceptions to the rule allowed parents to have two children if they were both single.

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