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An Independent Path (Part 1) [English translation by Human Rights in China] “Shun! Guess where I am now?” These were the first words that burst out of my mom after her “long distance” phone call finally got through. I could hear the great excitement in her voice, but I didn’t realize she was...
“Shun” (舜) is a legendary leader of ancient China—one of the “Five Emperors”—who lived in 23rd-22nd century B.C.; it is also my name. Actually, my parents originally named me “Xin,” after the protagonist in the Japanese television show, Oshin . They hoped that like the protagonist, I would...
This is an in-depth investigative report on torture and violence at Masanjia Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor Facility in Liaoning. The exposé has caused a stir in China and prompted urgent calls by the public to abolish this administrative detention system. The article in Lens Magazine has since...
In light of the recent exposé of torture and violence at the Masanjia Women’s Reeducation-Through-Labor Facility, Ai Xiaoming, professor at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou and a noted rights activist, compares the atrocities in Masanjia to those committed in Nazi Germany during the Second World...
On October 30, 2012, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau for the Administration of Reeducation-Through-Labor issued this Notice of Execution of Reeducation-Through-Labor for Shanghai activist Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤).
The decision (Chinese only) orders Shanghainese petitioner Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) to serve one year and six months of Reeducation-Through-Labor for "disrupting social order.” The Committee cites as reason Mao’s participation in public activities in Shanghai on January 5 and July 1, 2012, that...
The Reeducation-Through-Labor (RTL) system allows authorities to order minor offenders to labor camp for up to four years without trial and has been increasingly criticized in recent years. On August 14, 2012, ten lawyers including prominent rights defense lawyer Li Fangping (李方平) sent a proposal (...
[Mao Hengfeng] The decision states that Mao Hengfeng was sent to a prison hospital for treatment of high blood pressure while serving her Reeducation-Through-Labor order. The Committee is canceling the remaining period of her Reeducation-Through-Labor order at the suggestion of the prison hospital...
Mao Hengfeng (毛恒凤) was released one month before completing her 18-month Reeducation-Through-Labor order due to her deteriorating health. She had been in a prison hospital in Shanghai since February 24, 2011, when she was taken into custody, just two days after having been released on medical...
On February 24, 2011, two days after Shanghai petitioner Mao Hengfeng was released from the Anhui Provincial Women's Reeducation-Through-Labor Camp, an official from the Anhui RTL camp came to her home and rescinded the parole. Several dozen Shanghai and Anhui police officers took Mao away. Wu...

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