Back in the communist 50's
by tristan B on November 16, 2013 - 8:44am
In the article found on BBC News, entitled ''Reforming China's gulags'' written by Damian Grammaticas, we learn about the China's re-education camps, which were initially put in place in 1950. These camps are like prison, but to go through your ‘’sentence’’ you must do labor. There are many guards that are constantly watching over you, and walls and watchtowers are surrounding the place. The people who are sent to re-education camps are often prostitutes or drug addicts, as well as anybody who shows a minimum of disagreement with the government, such as religious people, other than what the communist party allows. Everybody who is sent to the camps enters there with no legal process and they use the camps to erase the people who battle for injustices. In this situation, the rights of the citizens are completely restricted. "I refused to bow my head in submission, so they hit me, again and again," says a man who went to these camps in the older days. The officers are not shy to use force against the people locked-in. At least, in some regions, those camps are starting to decrease slowly, having only the drug addicts whom are given treatments and really meant to help.
I already knew the whole history of the re-education camps of the Revolutionary China because I had the chance earlier to work on this time period. However, I had no idea that there was still some going on in China. For the government, it is a solution but I think that in no way these camps can help China. People are locked in there and they are told that if they sign a paper, they can get out and the whole case is none existent. Therefore, if someone has been raped and beaten, the government will try to make you sign the paper so that you do not go to re-education camps but either, your aggressor will have no penalty because they do not want to search for him. This system is the result of the impact of corruption over the police.