Li Keqiang’s annual work report touches upon civil society
As every year, premier Li Keqiang delivered a government work report to the opening session of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on March 5. His report touched on various topics of relevance to civil society, including social work, the management of social organizations, poverty alleviation, community governance, institutional reform, child welfare protection and care for the elderly. Below we have summarized some of the most relevant points. Li Keqiang’s report stressed the need to push for the sound development of the public welfare sector, as a follow-up to the implementation of the Charity Law in September 2016. A series of related policies will continue …read more
First batch of NGOs receives registration credentials in Guangdong
On the morning of January 19, the Guangdong Public Security Bureau held a small ceremony in Guangzhou to award the first batch of registration credentials to overseas NGOs in Guangdong. The registration credentials are in conjunction with the “Overseas NGO Law” that came into effect at the beginning of January. The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, a Hong Kong-based organization, is among the six overseas NGOs that were awarded credentials at the ceremony.
Ministry of Public Security creates online platform for Overseas NGOs in China
In view of the upcoming implementation of China’s Overseas NGO Law (scheduled to become effective in January), the Chinese Ministry of Public Security has created an online platform for Overseas NGOs in China. Through this platform, overseas NGOs will be able to find out more about the process of registration as mandated by the new law, apply for appointments with the authorities in charge of the registration process, and hand in the required documentation. You can access the platform here.
Fears expressed that some international NGOs may leave China over inability to comply with the Overseas NGO Law
Citing a US media source, the Xinhua News agency group reported that some overseas NGOs are considering leaving China out of concern that they will be unable to comply with the requirements set out by China’s Overseas NGO Management Law (the Law), effective on January 1, 2017. According to a Voice of America (VOA) report on December 16, the Overseas NGO Law provides that all overseas NGOs intending to carry out activities in China shall register and file for records. The overseeing and supervisory agency is now switched from being the Ministry of Civil Affairs to the Ministry of Public Security. According to the Law, overseas NGOs are prohibited …read more
IFAW praises China for completely prohibiting imports of African ivory
(Beijing, China, March 23, 2016) According to an announcement by China’s State Forestry Administration, China will extend the validity of the prohibition on importing African ivory carvings and monuments presented in the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 2015. The period of this prohibition will commence on March 20, 2016 and continue until December 31, 2019. The Chinese government has also made an interim decision to prohibit the import of ivory and derived products before the commencement date of the CITES. These decisions have earned the praise of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW, www.ifaw.org.cn). In order to save endangered elephants, China has destroyed …read more
Report on China’s policy on the disabled released
May 15th marks China’s 26th National Day for Helping People with Disabilities (全国助残日)*. The country’s disabled people are currently around 85 million in number. Two days before the occasion, the China Philanthropy Research Institute (BNU) released the Progress Index Report of Policy on Persons with Disabilities in China (中国残疾人政策进步指数报告). The report covers 31 provinces nationwide and presents data from 2012 to 2014. According to the report, China has a good track record on the advancement of policies for assisting people with disabilities. In particular, the use of creative policy approaches at the regional level has reached a crescendo. This facilitates the overall policy improvement in China. The report uses eight first-order indexes including …read more
How foreign non-profit organisations should respond to China’s new Overseas NGO Management Law
This policy paper outlines the challenges of compliance and non-compliance and proposes ‘smart indigenisation’ as a third way to deal with the new law. By forging partnerships with credible domestic partners, foreign non-profit organisations can be principled, pragmatic and people-centred at the same time.
China Daily: NGOs urged to play a bigger role on global issues
According to a recent report by China Daily, Xiao Fenghuai, deputy director general of the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges of the Ministry of Commerce, spoke in Beijing at a two-day international seminar on the role of non-governmental bodies, entitled “Non-State Actors in Asian Development Cooperation: The Role of Non-governmental Organizations”. The April 19-20 seminar was jointly hosted by the China Association for NGO Cooperation (CANGO), the Korea Development Institute, the Asia Foundation, and Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Department. Topics include history and the role of civil society in development cooperation in Asia and the institutional framework for civil society activities. Xiao said NGOs should act as an …read more
Public opinion solicited for social organization withdrawal mechanism
The Ministry of Civil Affairs has drafted the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ Opinions on Improving the Withdrawal Mechanism of Social Organization (The Draft to Solicit Public Opinion) (《民政部关于健全社会组织退出机制的意见(征求意见稿)》), in order to strengthen the supervision and management of social organizations, increase the level of cleanliness of social organizations, clarify the different ways, basis and procedures according to which social organizations’ registration can be withdrawn, and regulate the organs which register and manage social organizations to fulfill their duties in accordance with the law. Public feedback to the draft was sollicited from December the 2nd to the 10th. The draft clearly defines two methods for the withdrawing of social organizations. The first …read more
US-China Charity Law Workshop held in Beijing
Over 40 US and Chinese legal experts and NGO practitioners gathered recently in a Charity Law Workshop in Beijing, addressing the controversy over China’s Charity Law draft (see here) and Mark Zuckerberg’s pledge to donate 99% of his shares to charity. The workshop was held by the Charity Law Research Center(慈善法律研究中心) of the China Philanthropy Research Institute (中国公益研究院). MS Evelyn Brody, a law professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, kicked off the workshop with a speech on legal forms and taxation for US charity organizations. The requirements and procedures for establishing a charitable trust and a non-profit legal person in the US are different from each other. There is …read more
NGOs active in China respond to the Paris Agreement
Fifteen NGOs that conduct climate change related work in China delivered a joint statement on December 13 in response to the newly reached Paris Agreement. The statement described the agreement as a significant milestone and a bridge between developed and developing countries as well as between the old and the new climate orders. The NGOs praised China’s vital contribution in achieving the agreement. They suggested that active controls on coal, renewable energy promotion, and nationwide carbon emission restrictions should be incorporated into the 13th five-year plan (social and economic blueprint for 2016 to 2020). The NGOs are optimistic that the tolerance and openness of the Paris Agreement will translate into …read more