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China vows to reform forced labor camps
Benjamin Minegar at 1:42 PM ET
China has been known for its strict policy against dissidents. In June a Chinese courtquashed the sentence [JURIST report] against a Chinese blogger and former forestry employee for lack of evidence. With the annulment of the sentence, the Chongqing Third Intermediate Court ruled that the one-year detention of Fang Hong in a police-run labor camp was illegal. Also in June dissident artist Ai Weiwei was banned [JURIST report] from attending the first hearing in the case brought by his company, Fake Cultural Development Ltd., against Beijing tax authorities, despite the fact that the Chinese court had agreed to hear [JURIST report] the case in early May. Filming and key witnesses were excluded from the courthouse while other rights activists such as Hu Jia were also barred from attending the hearing. In May the blind Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng asked the US to increase its effort in promoting the rule of law in China a week following his arrival in New York after he left the US embassy [JURIST reports] in early May.
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