Forced Labor In China Essay

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“No family should have to depend on the labor of its children to put food on the table and no person should be forced to work in captivity” (Hilda Solis-Department of Labor). Labour is more than just physically being forced to do a job but also being enslaved to the person in which you are working for. Bondage, arbitrarily, low wages for harsh work, or any fashion of mandated daily grind is the sole aspect that article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights wards against.
“Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection. Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests”
-Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Article 23

A leading forced labor prison in China, Masanjia, is a place that is a hell hole for most, because it entirely goes against the forced labour policy of article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a recent news story, an Oregon mother while opening her Halloween decorations, found a letter of a plea of help from a laborer in China describing the deplorable situation he was in in the Chinese prison: Masanjia. Later identified as Mr. Zhang, a previous English student at a Chinese University, was forced into the Chinese prison system due to his religious practices; he is a faithful member of Falun Gong. At the Masanjia Prison they have a striking program that provides, “re-education through labor,” that is hosted for those that are arrested who fall under the categories of: “petty criminals, religious offenders and critics of the government” (Jacobs). Within this program, the prisoners without do justice, nor being examined by a group of their peers in a fair trial, are given up to four-year sentences. Usually to have a faith in prison would be helpful to your survival through the painstacking days, but unfortunately, in the Chinese Prison Systems anyone who is suspected of being an offender of illegal religious practicing, specifically those of Falun Gong, is treated with greater force, worse, then any other prisoner. Re-education through labor involves forcing inmates to undertake “horrific abuse, including frequent beatings, days of sleep deprivation and being chained up in painful positions, [such as] having your limbs tied to four separate beds, and the guards pushing the beds in different directions for weeks on end”. (Jacobs). The actual labor aspect of the Masanjia Prison includes prisoners being forced to make items that were to be exported to other countries such as the Halloween decorations that the letter of Mr. Zhang was found in, and also making army uniforms. The...

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