Keyword: Laws and Regulations

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

Chinese Charity in 2018: Donations Decrease, Volunteering Increases

An introduction to the main findings of the prestigious Blue Book of Philanthropy by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

An Interview with Ding Li, Non-Profit Incubator

An Interview with Ding Li, Non-Profit Incubator

Ms. Ding Li talks about the work of Non-Profit Incubator, the leading incubator for NGOs in China, and about the state of the nonprofit sector in the country, drawing upon her many years of experience in this field.

Translated: how has the Charity Law affected the supervision of social organizations?

Editor’s Note This is an abridged translation of parts of an article published by 公益资本论, a Chinese-language WeChat account that produces analysis on social organizations and the charity sector. The article questions the commonly held notion that government supervision of China’s social organizations has become stricter since the Charity Law came into effect in 2016.   “The current strictness of the supervision of social organizations has not been seen for nearly two decades”. This is a thesis that has been much discussed in the field of social organizations since July. Currently, the supervision of social organizations mainly involves three levels. One is the organizations’ initial registration, the second is the regulation of …read more

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

Shandong makes it easier for social organizations to register

The Civil Affairs Department of Shandong Province has released a policy document aiming to improve the administrative environment for social organizations (as charities are known in China) in the province. The document addresses some of the difficulties that local social organizations face when trying to register with the civil affairs departments. According to the official report, the “Ten Opinions on Improving the Registration Management Services for Social Organizations” (关于优化社会组织登记管理服务的十条建议), released on the 5th of June, aims to “introduce a series of practical and effective means of relaxation, management and service (放管服) in ten fields, including promoting party construction, carrying out direct registration, relaxing the registration requirements for chambers of commerce, …read more

17th “Case Forum” discusses Chinese and international environmental lawsuits

The Supreme People’s Court Judicial Case Research Institute, the Environmental Resources Trial Chamber and the international NGO ClientEarth jointly held the the 17th “Case Forum” at the National Judges College on the 20th of May. The purpose of the forum was to discuss exemplary legal cases from China and abroad concerning environmental resources. The Supreme People’s Court Party Group Deputy Secretary and Director of the Court Jiang Bixin gave an address at the forum, and Joyce Msuya, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Acting Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, delivered a message via video. Jiang commented in his address on the importance of international cooperation and learning from …read more

List of fields of activity and supervisory units for overseas NGOs updated for 2019

An updated version of the “List of Fields of Activity, Categories of Projects and Professional Supervisory Units (PSUs) for Overseas NGOs Carrying out Activities in Mainland China” has been published by China’s Ministry of Public Security. The original version was published in December 2016, and translated by CDB. The updated version for 2019 includes 8 major fields of activity, 65 sub-fields and 237 primary projects. Compared to the original version the number of sub-fields has increased by 13, while the number of primary projects has increased by 45. The new sub-fields of activity include (among others) civil aviation, natural resources and market supervision in the economics field, quality control in …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs releases annual plan to support social organizations

China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs has released its annual policy document on government support for social organizations providing social services, entitled the “2019 Plan for Implementing the Central Financial Support for Social Organizations Participating in Social Service Projects” (2019年中央财政支持社会组织参与社会服务项目实施方案). According to the relevant announcement, published by the Ministry on the 16th of April, the main focus of the Plan will be on supporting national social organizations and particularly impactful local ones to carry out social service activities in impoverished areas, and especially in the so-called “three areas and three prefectures” (三区三州): six areas of Western China that have been designated as “deeply impoverished”, including Tibet, Tibetan areas in other provinces, …read more

Professor calls for lowering the required standards for wastewater discharges

The Standing Committee of the NPC held a conference on the implementation of Water Pollution Prevention and Control Law on the 25th of March, in which experts and specialists offered assessment and suggestions. During the conference Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering Peng Yongzhen, from the Beijing University of Technology, gave a talk from the height of his academic authority. The professor said that China has made significant progress on tackling water pollution in the past few years; however, there is still a problem with the wastewater discharge standards. Regional governments have raised unreasonable requirements in recent years for wastewater discharge in urban areas, in order to meet the water quality …read more

Open Source Hardware Association cancels summit in Shenzhen citing Overseas NGO Law

The report below was originally published by ChinaFile. See the original here.   Yesterday, the U.S.-based Open Source Hardware Association announced on its website that it had canceled plans to hold its annual summit in Shenzhen, in large part due to difficulties complying with China’s Overseas NGO Law. The non-profit organization, which has about 500 dues-paying members, had planned the summit for Shenzhen because the city has “a vibrant local community of open source hardware enthusiasts,” and because “many members of the OSHW community were also very excited for the opportunity to travel to a location that is so central to manufacturing innovation.” According to its website, OSHWA found itself unable to identify …read more

Yunnan releases implementation measures for the mandatory reporting of domestic violence

It has been reported that the government of Yunnan Province recently released the Implementation Measures for the Mandatory Reporting System of Domestic Violence. Yunnan is the first province in China to introduce specific implementation measures regarding the mandatory reporting of domestic violence. The promulgation of the “Measures” will provide a basis for the responsible departments to discover and report domestic violence and play an important role in preventing it, as well as protecting the interests of those who have no or restricted legal capacity. The “Measures” defines the main body of responsibilities for the mandatory reporting of domestic violence, so that the way in which the reporting should be carried out and …read more

Final decision taken on the “Changzhou poisonous land” environmental litigation case

The Jiangsu High People’s Court made a final decision on the “Changzhou poisonous land case” on December 27th, waiving the “sky-high” legal expenses imposed on the two NGOs by the first ruling, and ordering the three companies to publicly apologise for polluting the land. The “Changzhou poisonous land case” was brought to court in April 2016 by the Friends of Nature Environmental Institute of Chaoyang District, Beijing (known as “Friends of Nature”) and the China Biodiversity Protection and Green Development Foundation (known as the “Green Development Foundation”) against three chemical manufacturers in Changzhou, Jiangsu province, responsible for contaminating land and causing sickness among local residents. In January 2017, the intermediate …read more

Selection of 2018 national and local policy documents on charity and philanthropy

Selection of 2018 national and local policy documents on charity and philanthropy

The China Lingshan Council for the Promotion of Philanthropy recently put together two wide-ranging selections of Chinese laws, regulations and policies on charity. The first selection focuses on national laws and policies and the second selection on local ones. Below is a translation of the names of the laws, regulations and policies included. In order to see the selections with the full texts in Chinese you can scan the QR codes provided. Selection of China’s Charity Laws, Regulations and Policy Documents in 2018 (National) Table of content – Registration management: Social organization registration management regulations (draft for feedback) Notice on issues related to strengthening name management in the registration management …read more

Panel Discussion: how can International NGOs Help Chinese ones to

Panel Discussion: how can International NGOs Help Chinese ones to “Go Out”?

The transcript of a panel discussion in which five guests from important civil society organizations discuss the prospects for Chinese NGOs that want to expand their work abroad, and how international NGOs can assist them in their efforts.

Beijing's Public Security Bureau Explains the Overseas NGO Law

Beijing’s Public Security Bureau Explains the Overseas NGO Law

A translation of the talk given by an official from the NGO Management Office of Beijing’s PSB at CDB’s recent forum, including an extremely detailed rundown of the legal requirements for overseas NGOs based on the practical problems encountered over the last years.

China’s Preschool Education Law soon to be drafted

The National Department of Education announced on November 28 that the “pre-school education law” has entered the NPC’s legislative process. The Department is now drafting the document and establishing a mechanism of supervision. Lu Yugang, the secretary of the department of elementary education, said that related departments will improve supporting policies and establish long-term mechanisms to popularise pre-school education and improve its security. The implementation of the law will optimise the relevant facilities, and provide more training to administrative staff and the principals of kindergartens. Mr. Lu also said that it was important to strengthen the management of some specific problems which exist within pre-school education. The first problem mentioned …read more

New draft of China’s civil code touches upon sexual harassment, NGOs propose amendments

The draft of a new section of China’s Civil Code was recently released in order to solicit feedback from the public. The deadline for providing feedback was November 13. What is most noteworthy is that, for the first time, the draft includes the prevention of sexual harassment. The issue of sexual harassment has drawn much attention in China this year due to the spread of the #metoo movement. According to the draft, if someone molests other people against their will through their speech, actions, or by making use of a position of authority, the victim can request that the perpetrator bear civil liability according to the law. Employers also need to …read more

Q&A on the new regulations on capital appreciation for philanthropic organizations

The “Temporary Regulations on Capital Preservation for the Investment Activities of Philanthropic Organizations” was released on the 25th of October, and it will go into effect in January. The WeChat account 中国社会组织动态 (Chinese social organizations’ trends), which is managed by the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ office for the management of social organizations and provides information on related policies, posted an article with five questions and answers regarding the new policy. We have summarized them below.   What is the significance of the regulation?   Out of the three current regulations related to social organizations, only the Regulations on the Management of Foundations clearly states the concept of capital preservation, but it does not included …read more

Court finds in favour of defendants in Beijing’s first environmental public interest lawsuit

Since the amended Environmental Protection Law was enacted in China in 2015, NGOs that have been operating for more than five years have been empowered to bring environmental “public interest lawsuits” against polluting companies. Now the verdict has been delivered in the first such case in Beijing, and the results are not good for the plaintiff. The first instance verdict in the case of Friends of Nature suing the Beijing Dushi Fangyuan real estate company and the Beijing Jiuxin property management company for solid waste pollution liability disputes was announced by Beijing’s Fourth Intermediate People’s Court on October 24, 2018. The verdict acknowledged the work of “greening” and renovation that the …read more