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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu's remarks on the passage of a bill concerning China's system of Reeducation through Labor by the German Bundestag

2007-05-15

Q: What is your comment on the passage of a bill concerning China's system of Reeducation through Labor by the German Bundestag?

A: The bill you mentioned concerning China's system of reeducation through labor passed by the German Bundestag turned a blind eye to China's achievements in building democracy and legal system, distorted and assaulted our system of reeducation through labor and interfered with our internal affairs severely. We express our strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition.

The system of reeducation through labor is established and implemented according to relevant laws and regulations approved and promulgated by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress and the State Council. It has played an important role in preventing and reducing crimes and maintaining social order. The Administrations of Reeducation through Labor protect the legal rights and interests of the persons undergoing reeducation through labor. They have the right to vote, enjoy freedom of religious belief and communication. Their dignity is inviolable. They are not subject to physical punishment and abuse. Their personal properties are also protected by law.

We advocate international dialogues and cooperation on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect, but firmly oppose to any interference in the internal affairs of other countries under the pretext of human rights.

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