China Labor Camps
In this Saturday, March 9, 2013 photo, Zhao Meifu, a farmer from Gansu province, walks past a house in Beijing, where she claims to have been held with other petitioners before being sent to a labor camp last year in China’s arid northwest. Zhao had been seeking redress for decades over a land grab by village officials. Tired of her complaints, police saw the labor camp as a quick way to get rid of her. Long hated and often abused, a notorious penal system that allows Chinese police to lock up people for up to four years without a trial or a judge’s review has come under scrutiny. Cases like Zhao’s last year have galvanized critics, many of them within the government, and China’s newly installed leadership is seizing on the expectations for reform. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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