Keyword: Policy and Regulations

Domestic violence causes 80% of divorces for rural women

On March 7th, a news conference on Women’s Rights Protection was held in the People’s Court of Huairou (a rural district of Beijing), revealing that domestic violence frequently occurs in rural areas. Figures show that over 80% of women in these areas who apply for a divorce state that they have been victims of domestic violence. According to the analysis of all such cases dealt with by the Huairou People’s Court, the frequent domestic violence in rural areas includes verbal abuse, threats, physical violence in various degrees, and even the control of women’s daily behavior and violence towards their relatives. Despite this, the court often encounters difficulties in finding valid …read more

Victims seek help on the first day the Domestic Violence Law takes effect

On the first day of formal implementation of the Domestic Violence Law, Wu Juan went straight to the People’s Court to apply for the protection order of domestic violence, for the reason of beating and threatening she suffered from her husband.

State Council revises the administrative regulations for the registration of social organizations

The State Council revised the “Regulation on Registration and Administration of Social Organizations”, and the new version is already enforced.

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (国家新闻出版广电总局) recently released a Draft of the new Nationwide Reading Promotion Regulations for public solicitation, following the Legislative Plan of the State Council (国务院立法工作计划). Nationwide reading promotion had already been proposed as a national policy in 2013 during the “two sessions” (the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference). With the new draft regulations being released, the topic is once again under the spotlight. Echoing this tide, a variety of free reading spaces have sprung up all over China during recent years. One particularly successful example worth mentioning is …read more

Revision of the Charity Law to be a focal point of China’s “two sessions” in 2016

The revision of the Charity Law has become one of the focal point the 2016 two sessions

Foundations take care of the elderly on behalf of their children

A project for institutions to help elderly people with special needs was launched in Beijing on the 17th of January. Li Hongbing, the deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau attended the opening ceremony and gave an address, in which he said that “given the current aging of the population, it is of vital importance for the whole of society to guarantee that the elderly are well supported and protected. As a result, the institutions of care for the elderly are playing a larger role in achieving that goal”. When emergencies (like over-spending medical costs or sudden severe diseases) occur during an old person’s stay in an institution of care, …read more

An interview with Mark Sidel: engaging with Chinese philanthropy from a global perspective

An interview with Mark Sidel: engaging with Chinese philanthropy from a global perspective

An interview with Mark Sidel, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in which Professor Sidel discusses the current status of philanthropy in China and worldwide.

State Council encourages social organizations to help the poor

A document entitled The Opinion on Further Improvement on the Poor Support System has been released by China’s State Council on the 10th of February. The document points out that it is necessary to ensure the basic livelihoods of the poor and improve the systems of social support. It also encourages social organizations to provide impoverished people with voluntary services, services bought from the government and charitable donations, creating a harmonious environment in which the whole of society cares for the poor and gets involved in helping them. If poor people need to be looked after at home, the government can ask their relatives, friends, social organizations or organizations offering social work services …read more

Xinhua News: China’s seven-year plastic bag ban has saved 8.4 million tons of oil

China’s plastic bag ban launched in 2008 has successfully cut 1.4 million tons of plastic bag production, which equals to saving 8.4 million tons of oil

The State Council issues a document for the safeguard of “left-behind children”

The State Council urged reinforced efforts to protect and take care of “left-behind” children in rural areas in a document issued on Feb 14.

First guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project released in Chengdu

The first “Charity Chengdu” forum, jointly hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party and the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of Sichuan, was held in Chengdu on the 1st of February. The forum’s theme was “seeking a creative and standardized development”. During the event, the attending guests took part in a round-table on the themes of innovative entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, discussing the opportunities for social organizations to take part in the management of Chengdu, which is an international metropolis. In addition the first operational guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project, jointly launched by the Chengdu Xin Min Social Organization Development …read more

“Survey of Rare Childhood Diseases” released in Beijing

The China National Children’s Center (CNCC) and the China Children’s Rare Diseases Relief Fund (CCRF) jointly held a ceremony on January the 18th to celebrate the anniversary of the CCRF’s founding and the publication of the book “A Survey of Rare Childhood Diseases”. Mr. Fan, the secretary general of CCRF, explained that the book includes 15 real stories of children suffering from rare diseases; by telling readers their stories of disease-led poverty and insufficient health care and about the medical aid they received, the book seeks to appeal for more social attention for this social group and to provide information for related future aid policies. During the ceremony the accomplishments …read more

Ministry of Civil Affairs’ five measures to support the rural elderly

On January 25th, the Ministry of Civil Affairs released the “Community Service System Building Plan (2011-2015)”and the “Social Pension System Building Plan (2011-2015)”during its regular news conference, demonstrating how it was implemented during China’s 12th Five Year Plan and the prospects for the 13th Five Year Plan. According to Zhen Bingliang, vice director of the Social Benefits Center at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, rural elder care is a challenging issue. There are a large number of left-behind elderly, people of a very advanced age and senior citizens with empty nests who are currently leading extremely difficult lives. The solutions that the Ministry of Civil Affairs has been exploring since the 12th …read more

The Supreme People’s Court validates environment lawsuit

In a landmark ruling, China’s Supreme People’s Court has confirmed a sentence fining a company for polluting water resources in Taizhou, Jiangsu Province. From 2011 to 2013, six companies that make chemical products in the Taixing economical development zone, including the Changlong and Jinhui Companies, poured more than 20 thousand tons of acid waste into the Rutai Canal and the Guma River in Taizhou through illegal companies operating without hazardous waste disposal qualifications, causing serious pollution to the local water resources. This incident was exposed by the media in 2012, and the 14 people involved were given sentences ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison in 2014. Later on, the …read more

A lawsuit on air pollution put on record in Shandong

Friends of Nature (FON) filed a lawsuit for air pollution against the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited on the 19th of January. The lawsuit was put on record in the Intermediate People’s Court of Dongying city, Shandong Province, following the Civil Procedure Law, the new Environmental Protection Law and the Law on the Prevention and Control of Air Pollution which only came into effect this year. FON learned from public reports that the emissions of air pollutants by the Shandong Jingling Chemical Corporation Limited continually exceeded the standards, and its air pollution improvement facilities were continually used in an abnormal way. Furthermore, the Corporation’s online monitoring equipment was not reliable and would …read more

Minister of Civil Affairs attends the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015

Minister of Civil Affairs attends the Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015

The Annual Conference of Philanthropy China 2015, hosted by the China Charity Association, was held in Beijing on the 19th of January. The vice chairman of the 11th Standing Committee of the NPC Chen Zhili, the Minister of Civil Affairs and the president of the China Charity Association Li Liguo, the representatives of government departments and universities across the country and another 300 guests attended the conference, discussing topical issues in philanthropy. The conference included the inaugural meeting of the academic committee and a seminar on building a favorable charitable tax system, followed by a gala with the theme of “the power of charity”. During the gala, the accomplishments of the Chinese charity …read more

The revised draft of the Wildlife Protection Law released online for public consultation

The revised draft of the Wildlife Protection Law was released online for public consultation on the 26th of December 2015. It is the first time in 26 years that the law is revised, since it was released in 1989. The public can submit their advice online (www.npc.gov.cn) or send their advice to the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Standing Committee of the NPC (address: No.1 Qian Men West Street, Xicheng District). The deadline for the consultation is the 29th of January 2016. The revised draft makes a clear statement for the first time that wildlife’s habitats should be protected and the related department should assess and adjust the list of …read more

Voice of the NGO:Adding Compassion to the Charity Law (first draft)

Voice of the NGO:Adding Compassion to the Charity Law (first draft)

ZhaiYan, Beijing Huizeren Volunteer Development Center Director, offers her suggestions for the China Charity Law (first draft), particularly regarding the legislation for volunteer services.