In this Saturday, March 9, 2013 photo, Zhao Meifu, a farmer from Gansu province shows the papers of her labor camp detention in Beijing. Zhao had been seeking redress for decades over a

 

              In this Saturday, March 9, 2013 photo, Zhao Meifu, a farmer from Gansu province shows the papers of her labor camp detention in Beijing. Zhao had been seeking redress for decades over a
In this Saturday, March 9, 2013 photo, Zhao Meifu, a farmer from Gansu province shows the papers of her labor camp detention in Beijing. Zhao had been seeking redress for decades over a land grab by village officials. Tired of her complaints, police saw the labor camp as a quick way to get rid of her. She was locked up in a long hated and often abused penal system known as labor re-education. Chinese police have used it to lock up tens of thousands of people for up to four years without a trial or a judge's review. Established to punish early critics of the Communist Party, it was retooled to focus on petty criminals but now is used by local officials to deal with people challenging their authority on issues including land rights and corruption. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)