China is set to end its controversial system of forced labor camps in what is seen as a first step toward the legal reform promised by the new Communist Party's leader Xi Jinping.
Following the meeting of of the party's Political and Legal Affairs Committee, its new leader Meng Jianzhu pledged reform of the "re-education through labour" system, which has been in place since the 1950s.
"Use of the re-education through labour system will end this year, after approval from the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress," announced Chinese broadcaster CCTV on January 7, citing Meng.
Under the old system, police and other agencies could detain people for up to four years without charge.
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