Wu Si on Wukan and Civil Rights

Wu Si, Chief Editor of the journal Yanhuang Chunqiu (炎黄春秋), contributed his thoughts to an online forum discussing the December 22 People’s Daily editorial “What Does ‘Wukan’s Turn’ Mean for...

Beijing’s Lack of Penalties in Labor Cases Stirs Outrage – Howard W. French

China announced verdicts yesterday in the Shanxi Brick Kiln slave labor controversy. According to the New York Times, popular response to the government’s measures, which included prosecution of only a few low-level officials, has been somewhat less than enthusiastic: Chinese journalists say government propaganda officials have urged the news media to limit coverage of the […]

Police blame law for Net crime – Xinhua

From Xinhua via Shanghai Daily (link): CHINA’S police are struggling to clamp down on rampant Internet crime in the face of vague and inadequate laws, senior police say. “The most common crimes involve theft, racketeering, fraud of on-line resources and services, mass disruption and inconvenience to the public,” said Xu Jianzhuo, deputy director of the […]

Divorce lawyers reap the benefit of Chinese boom

From News.telegraph: Marriage guidance counsellors and their inevitable offshoot, the divorce lawyer, are the latest growth industry to emerge from China’s booming cities. Divorces rose last year too 1.6 million, up by a fifth on 2003. The government and media are now paying agonised attention to the “quicky” divorce and its irresponsible parent, the “flash” […]

China to introduce jury trials first time starting next week

From China will introduce jury trials next week for the first time aiming to bring impartiality and independence to the judicial system. About 27,000 jurors will report for duty May 1, helping decide criminal and civil cases as they sit on a three-member panel with judges. The jurors were picked by half of China’s […]

Court affirms 29 well-known trademarks

From People’s daily online: The Supreme People’s Court has affirmed a total of 29 well-known trademarks since they began to affirm well-known trademarks in trial of disputes over trademark and domain name in 2001. The 29 well-known trademarks include “Sinochem,” “Rolex,” “Honghe,” “Safeguard,” “Wal-Mart,” “Dupont,” “Nippon,” “Gome Electronics,” and “Ping’an.” By affirming well-known trademarks, the […]

AP:Chinese adviser urges lip synching ban

From the AP via The San Jose Mercury News : BEIJING – Chinese government advisers meeting in Beijing this week have some weighty matters to discuss: blocking Taiwan’s formal independence, alleviating dire poverty in the countryside. And lip synching. Ma Bomin, an official with Shanghai’s municipal radio, film and television administration, likens the practice of […]

China revises death penalty law

Francis Markus of BBC reports that China is revising the death penalty law. According to the official media, the change will make the Supreme Court the ultimate body of appeal in capital cases.

Protests: A Chinese Growth Industry

A WSJ article (November 10, 2004) reports that, in an attempt to deal with the increasing numbers of Chinese who are swarming government offices to demand their rights, Chinese legislators are considering banning public gatherings outside state buildings. This short-sighted response fails to address the root cause of the protests, which have been increasing in […]

HK Says U.S. Meddling as China Reviews Law (Reuters)

Apr 3, 11:02 am ET By Rico Ngai and Jonathan Ansfield NPC officials began deliberating two clauses in Hong Kong’s Basic Law on Saturday that set out how its chief executive and lawmakers are chosen. Critics fear that Beijing’s re-interpretation of these two clauses will ensure a more compliant legislature and stifle Hong Kong’s pro-democracy […]

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