December 15, 2012

"It’s high time we demolish this unconstitutional and abusive system that violates basic human rights, fuels instability and smears the government’s image."

An end to China's system of re-education-through-work camps?
Liu Jie, 60, a former business executive from Heilongjiang Province, served a two-year sentence for “disturbing social order,” punishment for releasing a public letter demanding political and legal reform. She described how roughneck inmates violently imposed the guards’ will in return for reduced sentences. One particular thrashing cost her several front teeth and left her temporarily blind in one eye.

When she complained about dizziness from the paint used to make paper lanterns, Ms. Liu said, she was hogtied to a chair for a week, a dreaded punishment known as the “tiger bench.” Deprived of food and water for several days, she said, she repeatedly lost consciousness. “When they unshackled me from the chair, my legs had turned black with bruises.”

In a 2009 report, Chinese Human Rights Defenders documented what it called a “hotbed of injustice,” with inmates sometimes working 20-hour days to produce chopsticks, firecrackers, cardboard boxes or handbags.

11 comments:

gemma said...

I guess this is the China that works according to Jeff Immelt. Coming soon to our zip code?

edutcher said...

But this is why Gracie Slick named her kid after "the most beautiful country in the world".

Clyde said...

Not to be insensitive, but...

I hope that they send the guy who stabbed the 22 schoolkids in China yesterday to THAT prison camp.

Mitchell the Bat said...

It violates fundemental American principals to enable such atrocities.

Would we have shipped Zyklon B to the Nazis? Hell no!

Now's the time to declare our financial obligation to the Chinese null and void, discharged in full.

Strike while the iron is hot!

Hagar said...

and Tom Friedman.

Mitchell the Bat said...

And boy, aren't those principals steamed from having been violated!

Humperdink said...

@Hagar. I have listened to and read Friedman for quite some time now. How this guy rose to top of the NYT op ed page is a mystery to me. The guy is blithering idiot. His writing is a collection of metaphors and cliches with punctuation marks added.

DEEBEE said...

Thank goodness they did not waterboard her and lose their world stature.

whoresoftheinternet said...

Inga and Garbage object, since they want to import this here.

Enjoy the decline, mofos!

wyo sis said...

It's instructive that China had a school massacre also. Proof that more government control and more abusive incarceration aren't effective deterrents. I hope people think of this when they discuss what to do about massacres in public places.
Taking evil into government practices is a bad response to individual evil acts.

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