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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

Choose your Hairstyle: China's Prison System

Justice in ChinaHidden among a raft of new legislation enacted on May 1 was a small but perhaps telling change to prison regulations.

According to a report of the legislative changes in Xinhuanet

"The prisoner behavior regulation has also taken effect from May.1, 2004. At the same time, the original prisoner reform behavior regulation is abolished. The new regulation focuses more on human rights protection, regulating that prisoner's clothes, ticks and quilts must be changed and washed regularly and prisoners have the right to freely choose their own hair styles, a sharp contrast with the past situation, in which male prisoners had to wear a crew cut and female prisoners ear-high bobbed hair. "

Choose your own hairstyles and bedding "regularly washed" seems small but I maintain it is a mark of a country how it treats it prisoners and old people and as we all know the former has been and is atrocious in China. For an example see the following link. (Not for the feint hearted or children please as it links to graphic images that we all find grossly offensive.)

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FalunInfo.Net - Brutalized Body Shows Evidence of Torture in China: "

Mr. Li Yinglin was severely beaten by Beijing police and died 6 days later. Photos taken by his wife reveal extreme brutality.