China To Ease 1-Child Policy And Abolish Labor Camps
Although it may seem a radical idea to control the number a kids a given couple is allowed to have, but when your a country that holds one of the worlds largest population and counting with over population always being a topic of discussion one must wonder if it’s necessary. Now it seems as if the People’s Republic will loosen its decades-old one-child policy and abolish a much-criticized labor camp system.
According to the Washington Times the official Xinhua New Agency stated that after a four-day meeting of party leaders that ended Tuesday in Beijing the party announced the changes in a policy document. Before the amendment China’s one-child policy limited most urban coupled to one child, allowing two children to those families that lived in rural areas if their first-born was a girl. Under the new family-planning rules, couples can have two children if one of the parents is an only child.
The labor camp — or “re-education through labor” — system was established to punish early critics of the Communist Party but now is used by local officials to deal with people challenging their authority on issues including land rights and corruption.