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China re-arrests critic of 'one-child' policy

Catholic World News - February 25, 2011

A Chinese woman who has worked against the country’s brutal “one-child” policy has been sent to a labor camp, just days after she had been released from custody.

Mao Hengfeng was re-arrested when police claimed to have discovered a notice showing that she engaged in “illegal activities” following her release 3 days earlier. Her husband says that the complaint is spurious, since she had been watched constantly and given no opportunity to break any law.

Mao Hengfeng began protesting the “one-child” policy in 1988, when she was dismissed from her job after becoming pregnant with the 2nd of her 3 children. In March 2010 she was convicted of “disturbing public order” with her protests, and sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp. She had been released early for medical reasons before being re-arrested.

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