UNDP and China Law Society launch joint research project on China after closing the re-education through labour system

14 May 2013

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UNDP China Resident Representative Ms. Renata Dessallien met with Mr. Chen Jiping, Secretary of Party Committee and Vice President of the China Law Society (CLS) at CLS offices in Beijing. At this meeting, an agreement for joint research on the follow-up arrangements after China retires the re-education through labour system was signed by both UNDP and the CLS. Both parties expressed their willingness to strengthen cooperation between UNDP and the CLS on the construction of rule of law in China.

Ms. Dessallien expressed UNDP’s appreciation for the CLS and its role in China’s rule of law and legal construction efforts. She further stated UNDP’s hope for further cooperation between the UNDP and the CLS in the future.

It is exciting to learn that China is to close the re-education through labour system after almost fifty years and no longer intends to establish another separate legislative system as a replacement. Consequently, systemic research and studies are required in order to guide the development process and to promote appropriate laws, regulations and values. UNDP is ready to assist China in exploring and accessing relevant international knowledge and experiences so as to meet China’s requirements for the rule of law and democratic governance.  The joint research on the follow-up arrangements after China retires the re-education through labour system will provide recommendations for the revisions of the following laws: “The Criminal Law”, “the Law on Public Security Administration Punishments”, “the Anti-drug Law”, “the Mental Health Law”, and” the Criminal Procedure Law”.